The War in Syria

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Click here for some background on the conflict in Syria. More information here, courtesy of PBS.

Consider the following two recent New York Times articles on the war in Syria and the United States’ possible intervention:

“Hearing You Out” (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times)

“What War Means” (Frank Bruni, The New York Times)

Complete a “Rhetorical Analysis.” Questions to consider:

  1. What is the main argument?
  2. Who is the audience?
  3. What appeals does the argument use (Logos, Ethos, Pathos)?
  4. Ethos: Who is making the argument? What authorities does it rely upon?
  5. Logos: What facts, reasoning, evidence are used?
  6. Whose interests does it serve? Who gains/loses by it?
  7. How is the argument organized?
  8. How does the language/style work to persuade the audience?

From Everything’s An Argument (Lumsford, Ruszkiewicz, Walters, 92-93).

Discussion Question: Do you believe the United States government should intervene (get involved) in the war in Syria?

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18 thoughts on “The War in Syria

  1. Hey students! Good to see you all up working on your essays. Kristof’s essay, “Hearing You Out” argues the case for the US getting involved in Syria; Bruni’s “What War Means” argues against military intervention. Write a compare and contrast essay, not just discussing whether they’re “pro-” or “anti-war,” but look at their reasons. How are they making their arguments? Which one is more convincing?

    • should have seen this earlier! I already printed my essay and I did not talk about how they’re convincing nor the way they’re making their arguments

      • I’m sure you did a fine job. Looking forward to reading your ideas. I didn’t specify this in class, so as long as you completed a “compare and contrast” essay, you’ll be fine. I’m looking for textual details, clear writing, and key differences in their points.

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