Elements of Rhetorical Triangle Model

Online critical thinking exercise (Worth 10% of final mark, Maximum of 1000 words)

Due Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 4:30pm (online submission through ilearn). Your responses should be returned in week 6 so you incorporate the feedback into your report writing.

Background to exercise

A major theme for HRM 107 is to ensure students develop the skills to critically think and argue effectively. This exercise is reflective in nature and requires each student to identify and comment on elements to effective argument making. You are required to read and digest the following article, which can be downloaded on ilearn:

Sarina, T. and Wright, C.F., 2015. Mutual gains or mutual losses? Organisational fragmentation and employment relations outcomes at Qantas Group. Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(5), pp.686-706.

After reading the article, answer the following questions:

  1. Using the material placed on ilearn under the “Assessment” tab in the “Online assignment question, guides and resources” folder, explain the key elements to effective argument making under Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle Model. Illustrate your answers with examples. (300 words)
  2. Do you think the authors of this article have developed convincing rhetoric in their writing? Why? (500 words)
  3. Provide three SPECIFIC examples of how you will ensure you apply Aristotle’s model of Rhetoric to your report writing. (200 words)

The term rhetoric in the modern world has been used to show a negative connotation of arguments that are made for the truth. It is a political definition. However, in literature, the aspect of rhetoric is applied in the application of language in writing in styles that ensures persuasion of the target audience for a given piece of literature. The key elements of the Rhetorical Triangle Model of Aristotle are based on three aspects that have a significant influence on the arguments and includes the content, writer and the audience. Therefore, the three aspects give rise to three main elements of the model, namely ethos, logos and pathos (Webb, 2016).

The element of the ethos is used to mean the aspect of the writer making an argument in a way that establishes a trust level with the audience. Ethos is based on the writer’s ability to give arguments that have some sense of authority and credibility.  Ethos as one of the three classical elements of the Rhetorical Triangle determines whether the writer has communicated the intended purpose of the argument, whether to report, inform, educate or call for an action. The authority and credibility of the argument depend on whether the argument clarifies the writer, portray the competency and gives where the authority of making the argument originates.

 Logos is the other realm of the Aristotle Rhetorical Model that denotes the context of the argument. Logos appeals whether the argument is argued well and shows the flow of intelligence in the structure of the arguments (Webb, 2016). A logical construction is the main aspect of portraying logos. The claims made in the argument should be supported by evidence.  If there are counterarguments in the context under discussion, it should be clearly shown.  The last element is the aspect of pathos that is described as the ways of connecting with the audience by considering their interests and values. Logos, pathos and ethos are the three main elements in the Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle Model that connects the writer, the context being argued and the audience.

Case Study In my view, the writers of the article have considered significant issues required to make an argument persuasive…

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