1. What is the character trying to persuade the other character (and the reader) to think or agree with?
2. What is the character trying to persuade the other character (and the reader) to think or agree with?
3. What are some specific words and quotes that demonstrate that character’s use of each appeal?
4. Explain how one word or phrase from your list shows each appeal.
5. How does his or her use of the appeal help do this?
From the point of view of Newt, his character lacked ethos as is clearly seen when he ran away from his duty to appeal to the bride=to-be of someone else. The logic provided by his character for his behavior is that he was completely in love with Catherine. Newt was an emotionally shy person but in the entire story people could read his emotions even if they were not mentioned explicitly. His persistence in asking Catherine out for a walk even when he knew she was going to be married, was very emotional.
Ethos – When Newt kissed Catherine in spite of knowing that she will soon be married to someone else revealed a lack of ethics in Newt. “And he did what he had to do. He kissed her.”
Pathos – Newt said that he knew that Catharine was about to be married to someone else and he said it in a nonchalant manner. When Catharine cried out that this was absolutely crazy, Newt asked “How so?”
Logos – Newt said that he loved Catherine and he did not give any reason for that, signifying that love was the only reason for his behavior.
“And he did what he had to do. He kissed her.” – This appeals to the audience because Newt finally had the courage to do what he should have done years ago.
Newt asked “How so?” – Newt could not wrap his mind around the fact that Catherine was getting married. He did not see anything wrong in his wooing of the woman he loved.
Newt is trying to persuade Catherine to agree to the fact that even she was in love with him. Newt may not have foreseen the future, but Catherine gave him the courage to act in this manner. He knew her enough to believe that if he was in love with her, there was a possibility that even she was in love with him.
Newt could not out rightly ask Catherine to see his point of view. Instead, he told her about his feelings and waited for Catherine to realise her love for him. There was a chance that Catherine might not have realised her love for Newt but he was willing to take that chance. He simply appealed to her emotional side instead of arguing with her.
Does the character use these appeals persuasively? Why or why not?
Newt does not use aggressive appeals. In the beginning of the story it is said that Newt is an emotionally shy person. He did not know how to persuade someone to see his point of view. Instead, he chose to let Catherine form her own conclusions.
What types of evidence are present in this character’s argument in “Long Walk to Forever”?
Newt does not make a strong argument in an overt sense. The only times he tried to show his dissatisfaction about Catherine’s fiancé is when he asked her “You really love him” and “What’s good about him?” These phrases revealed his jealousy with the unknown man.
This evidence does hold up to the STAR criteria. In the entire story, this was the first time that the reader scan get a hint about Newt’s jealousy with Catherine’s husband-to-be. Earlier, he simply praised the man, providing no reason to suspect of his jealousy. Thus, this evidence is sufficient, relevant, accurate and typical.