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“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” which is a speech made by Wes Moore in his autobiography . One Name, Two Fates tells the story of two black men with the same name.
Both were born in Maryland. Both grew up with single mothers in fatherless homes. By the time they were 11 years old, both had been handcuffed by cops. But in result, One became a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins, a Rhodes scholar, also is the author. The other Wes Moore, 34, is in the Jessup Correctional Institute’s maximum-security unit, where he is serving a life sentence without parole.
He was sentenced for his part in a botched robbery in 2000 in which his half-brother, Tony Moore, shot to death an off-duty Baltimore police officer who was the father of five. This autobiography contains many examples of rhetorical appeals to persuade audiences and author’s hope is that his story will encourage Americans to step in at crucial moments to help other troubled 12-year-olds, then all the children can have an ideal future. Ethos is an important part of a persuasive argument to show the author’s credibility.
First the author Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. At Johns Hopkins he was honored by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame. He completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Second the author is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader and author. In 2009 he was selected as an Asia Society Fellow.
Moore was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30” for 2007 and Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2009. He has been featured by such media outlets as People Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CSPAN, and MSNBC, amongst others. Wes’ first book, The Other Wes Moore, will be published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, in late April 2010 (Information from http://theotherwesmoore.com/about-the-author/) These built credibility for himself in the eyes of the audiences.
Third the author is a very successful scholars a White House Fellow under Condoleezza Rice and an Afghanistan combat veteran who spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in order to show his autobiography is well supported by this influential scholars.
Logos is the fact or logical relationship that author or speakers use to persuade audience. Wes does this a lot to back up his autobiography. First, the author get a Rhodes Scholarship this message is posted in the Baltimore Sun in 2000 of the same period in other news, but mention another Wes Moore robbery shootings.
Maybe just because of the coincidence of the same name, the author has been this can not forget, after graduating from Oxford, he returned to Baltimore, to start communication with the other Wes Moore, went to prison to meet with him and interview each other (and their own) friends and family member these conversations, the two lives routes gradually becomes clear: “the shocking truth is that his story might be my story; tragedy is that my story could have become his story.”
That’s very logic. Second logic can also be seen from both of them growing experience. Them when the situation is quite similar: his family was ordinary upbringing by his mother and maternal relatives, the father will not appear in their lives, living in ethnic minority concentrated, complex composition of the community (Baltimore and New York, the Bronx), many idle people in this community and many trafficking happen here.
When the author Wes results dropping lower and lower, and begin to blend into the streets, the mother to act decisively, he was sent to a military academy, almost impossible challenges can not resist powerful external forces forcing son spent a restless adolescence and let son on the right trick. In contrast, another Wes from the ten-year-old has been in alone to face the world, except for the occasional clumsy manner of his brother from violence, and his brother is a member in the trafficking Group, from the family positive momentum and constraints are very few in his life. Finally Wes embarked on the road of crime.
This is the manifestation of the logic in author’s autobiography. Wes’s autobiography has powerful emotional appeal through the stories that he tells. Wes used this appeal to connect the audience because the audience can relate to stories and the people in them, and having someone to relate to gets the audience emotionally involved, some children can also change their selves story because read this autobiography. For example, author’s relationship with his mom is the most important clue in the autobiography.
The help of author’s mother is very large, and the mother is very important in his life, his success is inseparable from the support of the mother. Wes Moore was born in 1978 and was three years old when his father, a respected radio and television host, died in front of him. His mother, hoping for a better future for her family, made great sacrifices to send Wes and his sisters to private school.
Caught between two worlds—the affluence of his classmates and the struggles of his neighbors—Wes began to act out, succumbing to bad grades, suspensions, and delinquencies. Desperate to reverse his behavior, his mother sent him to military school in Pennsylvania. After trying to escape five times, Wes finally decided to stop railing against the system and become accountable for his actions.
The autobiography used rhetorical appeals such as logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade the audience. This was a well delivered and well received autobiography which caused the audience in the room a deep thought and the autobiography will influence many children to change, on the right road of life.