Rhetorical analysis 3/30 HW

In the article Tear Down this Wall, Robert A. Di leso, Jr. uses info graphics for the readers of Good Magazine to easily visualize the impact of six wall barriers throughout history that kept people apart.

In this article in the September/October 2007 Issue of Good Magazine, the author uses visual rhetoric to describe how images persuade and argue.  As indicated in the readings it is important to analyze the rhetoric persuasion in terms of the rhetorical triangle (Rhetorical visions, 2). Here is my version rhetorical triangle for this article:

The rhetorical function of this article is to stimulate thought of how people were separated by physical barriers. The title of this article, Tear Down this Wall is a famous line by our president Ronald Reagan in 1987 regarding the Berlin Wall. This is what the historical context from which the text emerged. Di leso Jr. uses Aristotle’s three ways of persuading; He uses his own style of presenting the information (ethos), selects an interesting topic that stimulates the mind (pathos) and provides straight-forward information relating to each topic (logos) (Rhetorical Visions, 5). Even though it seems like just a timeline or a history lesson, I believe the deeper meaning of this article is that today we are still using barriers to divide people. The descriptor of the article, We Keep Finding Ways to Keep People Apart, is indicated as Di leso Jr.’s argument and then below it, he supports his argument by using the illustration. This is his message and he keeps it exciting and interesting this way.

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