Forum post and classmate response

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part 1

Here are the instructions for the forum post you just have to break the essay down in how you wrote it( the one about MLK that you just finished) below the forum instruction for the classmate response

Instructions: Your initial discussion should be at least 200 words. It must include MLA citations – both in-text and an end citation.

Please note that this forum has several parts, so read these instructions carefully.
In this forum, post your thesis statement (a complete sentence) and a brief outline for the critical evaluation essay. For your critical evaluation essay, you will probably want to evaluate the same essay that you chose and discussed in last week’s Forum. In fact, The Week 2 Forum was designed to allow you to get a head start on your critical evaluation essay by first analyzing your chosen essay within Forum 2, before developing it further here, in Forum 3.

Then, discuss how you plan to show how your chosen author uses ethos, pathos, logos, etc. Choose one original example of this support, and explain how it was effective in the essay’s argument. Cite this example correctly using MLA style documentation.

Finally, consider the following. During this section of the course you evaluated an essay. How can this sort of critical evaluation of another author’s work be used in future courses at APUS?

In your responses, find a classmate who chose a different argument than yours. Do you agree with your classmate’s discussion? See if you can find a different example of where support is used within that chosen essay (or point out a possible fallacy to your classmate). Continue this conversation over a few days. Also, if you find that your chosen classmate has misunderstood the critical evaluation essay instructions (incorrectly summarizing the essay or giving historical/ biographical information rather than offering a critical examination of the work), please help that student get back on track.

From the instructor, just additional notes

Your thesis should:<o:p>

–identify (either generally or specifically) the tools by which the author made his/her argument successful or note. These tools may include the persuasive appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos or the elements of structure, tone, style, or other literary features<o:p>

–indicate whether the author’s argument is successful, not successful, or moderately successful (you may use synonyms, of course)<o:p>

The thesis should not include personal pronouns, such as “I think…” Assert your claim; don’t make an announcement. Remember, a critical evaluation is an evaluation of the tools the writer uses to create his/her argument, so whether you agree with the content or not is irrelevant.<o:p>

Part 2

Here is the classmate I choose to respond to and an example of what the forum post should look like.

1. Introduction and the Thesis:

Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a historical well-organized speech “I have a Dream” on the 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. King began his discourse excellently by giving importance to the place where he stood, and then gave the reasons for standing there. He appeals to justice and demands the civil and constitutional rights of the colored race. King claims that even after one hundred years of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, the Negroes were not free in their country and racial segregation did not allow them to lead a life of dignity and comfort amidst the prosperity around them. In an emotional appeal, King narrates the historical facts about the segregation of his race in their homeland and sends his defiant and strong message that the moment was then and not later to persuade action. His references to Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation give creditability and power to his words of resentment. Also, the recommendations from the Bible from the preacher provide integrity to his claim. Additionally, the speech displays the excellent rhetoric and the persuasive technique employed by him.Therefore, with the use of stylistic and metaphorical language, King successfully applies persuasive appeals, pathos, logos and ethos in his speech justifying his claim for action.

Three body paragraphs:

2. First: Discussion on the use of pathos— the example from the text:

Pathos is employed to arouse the emotions of the audience. King uses it skilfully in the following words, “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” (King). He vividly explains the plight of his brethren and a century of injustice by repeating the phrase “one hundred years later,” “We can never/ [cannot] be satisfied,” and “I have a dream.”

3. Second: Discussion on ethos:

Pathos alone cannot help the cause of the author; therefore the use of ethos makes it less biased. Ethos makes the argument fair, objective and trustworthy. King’s rhetoric, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” portrays unbiased outlook. He cleverly denies the use of violence though blacks suffer the same at the hands of police. He says, “And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering” (King). Again, he uses metaphorical and repetitive style to drive home his point. He repeats that blacks will be satisfied when “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

4. Third: Discussion on logos:

Finally, the use of logos appeal makes the argument logical and conclusive. King strengthens his argument by talking about the religious truth and justice. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (King). He adds that if America strives to be a great country, then freedom for all its citizens should not be a dream but a reality. The culminating last words with repetition for emphasis, “Free at last! Free at last!/ Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” utilize all the three appeals to convince the audience.

5. Conclusion:

Summary of the main points:

King who was a preacher took the role of civil rights activist and was able to make an everlasting impact on the movement with the speech “I Have a Dream.” His speech flows smoothly from a definite beginning, getting bold and determined to get what the blacks want, and finally mellows down to an appeal concerning religion and brotherhood, and a strong message of freedom for every American. With the use of the metaphorical expression, vivid imagery, anecdotes, and analogies like the promissory note, King’s presentation is engrossing and memorable.

Part 2: The critical evaluation of an essay will help to choose right resources for other courses that ask for the research-based essays.

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