Sela Pothuizen May 23, 2020 Persuasive
At the core of any strong argument is solid evidence. The notion that you can fake your way through a persuasive argument only works until you encounter someone who actually understands the subject. Heads up: that`s why your professor was hired. If you want to write a successful persuasive argument, you need to do your research. You need to understand the topic from multiple angles. You should also be able to provide ample evidence for your claims as well as anticipate potential counter-arguments.
Once you pick your topic and you do enough research, you`ll be ready to think about the structure of your paper. In the outline, you`ll write brief points on what you intend to include in each section of the paper.
A persuasive essay uses reason to demonstrate that certain ideas are more valid than others in academic writing. The purpose of such an essay is to encourage readers to accept a particular viewpoint or act in a particular way. A persuasive essay must be based on sound logic and must contain factual evidence to support the argument.
Before that thesis statement, you should “hook” the reader. You may do that with a fact related to your topic, an anecdote, a quote, or even a definition. Think of something that would keep the reader interested in your paper. A solid introduction will seamlessly flow towards the body paragraphs, which will prove the thesis statement with strong arguments.
Successful arguments build on three essential rhetorical components: logos (logical reasoning); pathos (passionate reasoning); and ethos (ethical reasoning). We`ve already covered logos and pathos here above, but ethos must be addressed. If you are making a persuasive argument, you have an ethical obligation not to manipulate or mislead your audience. Your argument should be constructed accurately, without relying on fallacies, misinformation, fear tactics, or any other rhetorical device that might somehow trick the audience into agreeing with you. You need to establish trust with your audience.
This rule applies to any schoolwork: you tend to do your best work in the areas where you have the greatest interest. Arguing is no different. If you have the choice, pick a topic that you are passionate about. You`re much more likely to construct a good argument if you feel like you have some proverbial skin in the game.