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Comparison on the Rhetorical Approaches used in Two Literary Works Paines Crisis Number One and King Henrys St Crispins Day speech in Shakespeares Henry V both deal with men convincing soldiers to defend their country against an enemy In doing so both men use the three Aristotelian appeals Logos Ethos and Pathos to support their arguments Paine uses the appeals more effectively because he uses them to support several different methods of gaining the soldiers support He creates a desire to be honored instills fear raises anger against Britain validates attacking the king raises the soldiers self-esteem and establishes the practicality of his character among others Henry only attempts to glorify the honor that may be received if one fights against the French Pathos Paine first uses pathos to create a desire for honor among the soldiers Paine states he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and womanPaine 95 Then Paine continues to use pathos to generate anger among the soldiers towards the British He makes the soldiers feel as if they are being manipulated at the expense of the British In one passage he lowers their status to that of a slave Britain by taxing and binding them in all cases whatsoever is enslaving them and such a power should only be accessible by God himself Paine 95 Paine uses pathos again to set fear in their hearts of being dubbed a coward Knowing that most soldiers hold their children in high regard Paine asserts that The heart that feels not now is dead the blood of his children will curse his cowardice who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole and made them happy Paine 95 While Paine uses pathos to support three solid arguments Henry makes a weak attempt to set fear in the hearts of those that refuse to fight the French A man of reason would see that
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