Rhetoric Analysis

Running head: RHETORIC ANALYIS 1
Rhetoric Analysis
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Purpose Statement
The purpose of this rhetorical analysis is basically to show my peers and my instructor
that the author of the core reading has been able to use language effectively to bring out his main
message. The core appeals of a rhetorical analysis such as ethos, logos, and pathos will be
identified from the text with an explanation of the specific instances of the use of these appeals.
This should make my peers and instructor see through the lens of the author. The rhetorical
analysis also provides a chance to my peers to critically think about the contents of the article as
they try to identify where my analysis may be inaccurate thereby reinforcing the message in the
core reading. The instructor is also able to determine, if the analysis is successful, whether it is a
difficult task and what may be done to make the analysis simplified. Through this analysis, the
text will be better appreciated and understood by my peers.
The core reading "Where sweatshops are a dream" by Nicholas Kristoff discusses
whether the labor standards set by the Obama administration really hold water when the living
conditions of those who are believed to be exploited are carefully scrutinized. Through the use of
devices such, Imagery, unique sentence structures and details the writer is able to clearly evoke
the rhetoric appeals such as ethos and logos. This is able to make the message clearer. In this
paper, these instances are explored, together with how they effectively bring out the intended
message. 
The author relies on imagery to evoke pathos that is to appeal to the emotions of the
reader as a way of making his arguments better understood. This is mainly because he does not
criticize the state of affairs for the workers talked about in the article. He describes people trying
to make ends meet by scavenging for things like plastics in the dump site (Kristof, 2018). This is
clearly better than working in the exploitative factories as can be seen from the sentences such as
“ She’s wearing a “Playboy” shirt and hat that she found amid the filth, and she worries about
her sister …" indicating how risky the dumpsite is. Description of the site by the jobless such as
"It's dirty, hot and smelly here," is also able to make the readers sympathetic towards these
The short paragraphs usage throughout the body of the text is also able to get the point
home without necessarily appearing like the writer is trying to exaggerate the occurrences in the
dumpsites and the factories. Th author uses this to advance the ethical aspect of his arguments in
a concise manner. Most of the short paragraphs either have a question that can make one think
critically of the ethical aspects of his arguments or are structured in such a way that the reader
automatically has some question at the back of his or her mind after reading the short paragraph.
He talks about being asked "But would you want to work in a sweatshop? ",something that
makes one question whether it is good to be subjected to the working conditions of these
factories due to poverty(Kristof, 2018). Also, after the description of the ordeal of Van Sam oeun
one is left wondering whether the sweatshops are that exploitative or not.
The author is also able to evoke logos through the stating of facts. He for example asserts
that the best way America can deal with the problem in poor countries like those in Africa would
be ‘to strengthen our program to encourage African imports, called AGOA' This makes the
reader see that it is a logical option since the corrective measures such as those of banning
imports would only worsen the situation or the poor countries .It is important to note that a good
number of researchers share this view(Williams, 2014). He further states that “living wages”
have a larger impact on production costs that companies are always trying to pare", to mean that
the cost of production, if raised would lead to loss of even these exploitative jobs that to a good
extent are helpful to these poor countries(Kristof, 2018). As he states most of these facts he is
careful to make comparisons by giving examples that make the reader see through his lense. He
for example talks of Neuo Chanthou just after making the assertion that the sweatshops help
The use of direct quotes when describing the poor people's ordeal has also been able to
make the messages appear more authentic and to a large extent appeals to the emotions of the
reader. They also make the reader try to rationalize whether what is "wrong " as per the labor
laws could be right. "It's dirty, hot and smelly here," is, for example, a statement that is supposed
to make one view the exploitative workshops as not being entirely bad. The statement "At least
that work is in the shade. Here is where it's hot." on the other hands serve the purpose of making
the reader sympathize with the poverty-stricken people and justify the working conditions of
those in the exploitative factories.
The use of sarcasm also evokes pathos. One is able to exude disdain or to some extent be
unsupportive towards the policies of the Obama Administration after reading the rather sarcastic
statements of the author. He, for example, refers to the policies as "labor standards" of Barrack
Obama and his team. This already shows there are loopholes in the policies. He further talks of
"Mr. Obama and the Democrats" to imply that the lot may not have been widely consultative
when coming up with the labor standards hence may make a reader think of these people as a
ridiculous bunch.
To sum up, the author has been able to evoke pathos, logos, and ethos through his use of the
different stylistic devices. The proper choice of descriptive words, the use of short paragraphs,
the direct quotes and the use of sarcasm let alone giving examples immediately after assertions,
make the piece easy to comprehend and the message is clearly conveyed. The message in the
piece was hence clearly brought out. The author succeeded in evoking sympathy and making one
rationalize whether what is considered wrong may be somewhat right.
Kristof, N. (2018). Opinion | Where Sweatshops Are a Dream. [online] Nytimes.com. Available
at: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15kristof.html [Accessed 14 Apr.
Williams, B. R. (2014). African growth and opportunity act (AGOA): Background and
reauthorization. Current Politics and Economics of Africa, 7(3), 203.

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