Rhetorical Analysis of “Is North Korea Causing Trouble or Giving Peace a Chance”
The article by the New York Times Editorial Board to shows how North Korea has engaged in delegations to promote peace. The article is represented by the topic ‘‘Is North Korea Causing Trouble or Giving Peace a Chance?” The Editorial Board states that the presidents of the two Koreas were seen together at the opening of the Winter Olympics. This action hinted the first step to delegation between the two countries advocating for peace. The author also hopes that the opening of Winter Olympics will nurture other chances for South Korea to engage North Korea over the talk of nuclear bombing.
The author has appealed to logic, ethics, and emotions in this piece of writing. The article has displayed the use of pathos from how the author has paraded how people feel that the meeting between the two countries will result in peaceful negotiations. In this case, the author makes the audience happy because hope is evident when North and South Korea Presidents met in the opening games. The author also has a positive feeling that North Korea will engage in some peace talks with South Korea. However, the author explains how some officials of North and South Korea did not greet each other since they still feel that the two countries are not at peace. Therefore, this invokes the readers to have some emotional touch on the issues affecting the two countries.
The Editorial Board has used ethos on how North Korea and South Korea have mixed feelings of whether they will patch things up. The author parades how North Korea is likely to exploit and depend on South Korea for other economic benefits, instead of promoting peace talks. As the Editorial Board claims, South Korea might be exploited by North Korea to ensure that they acquire coalition with other nations like the United States. At this point, the reader is left questioning the interests behind the need for peace.
Lastly, the use of logos is evident from how the author is trying to reason out with the audience, on whether the two counties will have peace at last. From the article, the author states questions like ‘‘Can the Winter Games be nudged and nurtured into serious dialogue over North Korea’s nuclear program?’’ to explain how it is not an easy situation for North Korea to come into terms with peace talks. In this case, the author shows some truth since North Korea is known to be ‘tough-headed’ when it comes to peace negotiations.
The New York Times Editorial Board was successful in applying the three rhetorical strategies while writing ‘‘Is North Korea Causing Trouble or Giving Peace a Chance?” The use of logos, pathos, and ethos is evident because we can relate to the emotional aspect of the issues that the two countries as trying to resolve. Moreover, with logos and ethos, we can question the ethical and logical factors driving the two leaders to seek peace and the prospects of achieving it.
The Editorial Board. Is North Korea Causing Trouble or Giving Peace a Chance? The New York Times. Feb. 13, 2018. www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/opinion/olympics-north-korea-sister.html
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