Albert Einstein Rhetorical Analysis

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Reading this letter out of context, you wouldn’t know that Einstein wrote it. It seems rather simple and straightforward, but Einstein utilizes rhetorical techniques and stylistic devices in a letter to a 6th grader. They’re not meant to deceive you, just to answer the question and solidify his argument. Albert Einstein relates faith and science using rhetoric, and then Aristotle’s rules of three to give a persuasive answer to Phyllis Wright. Wright asks Einstein about prayer, but Einstein quickly turns this into faith. He acknowledges that scientists don’t rely on prayer, but they do have faith. Einstein centers around this commonality between religion and science, a technique that Heinrichs teaches in TFYA. This shows that Einstein isn’t just outwardly opposed…show more content…
His first statement is a simple answer- scientists don’t believe in prayer. He calls out the logical fallacy in prayer, ad hoc ergo propter hoc. He provides a counter to prayer, which is faith. Scientists have faith in the law of nature and the universe, according to Einstein. In his last argument, he provides an additional point that scientists do believe in powers large than man. This logos forms his base argument. He doesn’t apply a large pathetic appeal, probably because he doesn’t feel the need to. He says that “I hope this answers your question,” showing a warm spot because he’s writing to a 6th grader. He uses ethos to his advantage. He doesn’t push the fact that he’s made large advances in physics, he acts like a common scientist. He says that “we with our modest powers must be humble”. This is important for two reasons; “humble”, and “we”. The ‘we’ shows that he equates himself with his audience instead of holding himself higher because of his scientific ability. He says that we should be humble, a hint to something he’s done throughout the letter. These help to potentially win his audience

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