Here we give you three text examples where all three forms of appeal are present. Below each example you can read a detailed explanation of how the individual form of appeal expresses itself in the text.

See if you can point out ethos, logos, and pathos in each example before checking the explanations.

Example from an opinion piece

Valerie Ulene, a specialist in preventive medicine, has written an article about plastic surgery for teenagers, arguing that it is too soon to alter someone’s looks at that age. She begins her opinion piece this way:

To say I disliked my nose as a teenager would be an understatement. Both its size (too big) and its shape (hooked) made me feel as if I stood out. Though I sometimes fantasized about getting it “done,” a nose job wasn’t something I ever considered...

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