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rhetoric freewrite 3

In Robert A. Di Leso Jr’s article, Tear Down this Wall, the author created several images that were shown in “Good Magazine” for the audience to easily visualize how six monumental barriers throughout history excluded people from each other.

Di Leso in this issue of Good Magazine uses “visual rhetoric” in an effort to prove how images can provoke argument and help form opinions. Visual Rhetoric can also persuade an audience one way or another to form a specific reaction or response.

The readings explained how to further analyze rhetoric by forming a “triangle” with each point representing a certain aspect of visual rhetoric. The top of the triangle represents the Rhetor, and the bottom two points represent the Audience and the text. This is an efficient way to break down visual rhetoric and how it can be interpreted.

The objective of the images is to inform people of how significant these barriers were in history and how they affected the people surrounding them. Barriers such as the Berlin wall and the Wall Street wall excluded people from their own country. The playful aspect of these images is the use of food to describe the length and height of these walls. By doing this, the visual comes much easier to most audiences and you can really see how immense these structures are. Aristotle’s three ways of persuasion are present in this article. However, Di leso Jr. uses a different style to present the information (ethos), fuel thought through visuals (pathos), and grant easy to read information regarding the given topic (logos.) Di leso Jr justifies his argument by using the illustration to persuade the viewer how people are always finding ways to exclude others in society.


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