How rhetorically effective is Einstein’s response? Albert Einstein’s response does a great job using rhetoric to answer Phyllis Wright’s questions as to whether or not scientists pray. Einstein did a good job establishing his subject, or the purpose, in this letter. He made it very clear that he was explaining whether or not scientists pray. Due to the fact that this letter was written to a sixth grade girl, Einstein chose an appropriate tone for his audience; Einstein made his answer obvious a concise so that Phyllis’s question was answered. “For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by prayer, i.e., by a wish addressed to a supernatural being” (Einstein 10). The purpose of Einstein’s letter to Phyllis Wright, or the point he’s trying to get across, is done beautifully as he explains at the end of the letter, “In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naïve” (Einstein 10). Of course, for the occasion of his letter, his context is well put with many examples and explanations within it. Einstein effectively includes logos, or clearly exemplified reasons, pathos, or the emotion behind the answer, and ethos, the way he answered Phyllis’s question, rather the tone he used. Because of the fact that Einstein uses his subject, speaker, audience, context, purpose, and appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos, his letter in response to Phyllis Wright’s question as to if scientists pray or not is rhetorically effective.
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