Rhetorical Analysis- “The Focused Life”
Is it a Focused Life?
“We’re all amateur psychologists who run private experiments on how best to live” (Gallagher, 1). Thinking deeply about this quote, creates the realization that it is true and that nearly everyone does this subconsciously. Winifred Gallagher, the author of Rapt, believes that the real problem is that we do not perceive our individual ability to utilize our attention to focus and create a better future for ourselves. As a supporter, one would feel that Gallagher presents her argument in a very effective way by utilizing the three main rhetorical analysis tools: ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos creates a balance between the three—it is all about credibility or how likeable someone is. Pathos is the passion or emotion expressed throughout an argument. If done correctly, pathos is the glue that binds it all together (Shadesbreath, 5). Lastly, logos is about the logic and facts behind the argument. Although, we cannot believe everything we see or hear—“Liars figure and figures lie” (Shadesbreath, 5). This article has the potential to persuade a wide variety of audiences; those who are looking at alternative and creative ways to do more for themselves, those trying to create a more valuable experience in life, or others studying the subject of “focus and attention” may be the secondary audience.
“In midlife, an attention experiment of a different magnitude set me on a path to a deeper understanding of the subject” (Gallagher, 1). Winifred Gallagher is a science writer, journalist, formerly a psychology editor of American Health, and The New York Times’ daily most e-mailed list. Gallagher establishes ethos by telling her story about her battle with cancer. She stated that as much as her cancer tried to control her attention, she did her best to stay focused on all of the positive things in life, leading her towards a better outcome. Having self-control to stay focused on what is really...
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