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Rhetorical Questions and Teaching Persuasion

hi everyone and welcome to positive

persuasion today we are going to be

having a look at rhetorical questions

what rhetorical questions are how

rhetorical questions can appeal to

emotions and how rhetorical questions

can appeal to our sense of logic so what

is the rhetorical question a rhetorical

question is a persuasive technique or

device it's used to persuade an audience

to a certain point of view it is

essentially a question that doesn't

require an answer because the answer is

implied within the very question the

rhetorical questions might make the

audience feel a certain emotion like

rage or enthusiasm a rhetorical question

might also draw on a draw on your sense

of common sense so let's have a look at

emotive rhetorical questions now emotive

rhetorical questions appeals to the

ethos and pathos within our minds

essentially emotive rhetorical questions

want us to feel a certain raw emotion

and the rhetorical questions help draw

those emotions out from us so an example

of an emotive rhetorical question is how

can you do this to me you probably use

this one occasionally probably with your

parents to make them feel a sense of

guilt another one is can we stand around

and do nothing this again appeals to our

sense of guilt and makes us want to

stand up and do something a rhetorical

question that's very common in quite

cliche is will somebody please think of

the children this rhetorical question

makes us feel like action has to be

taken that there is no other option and

that's how these rhetorical questions

appeal to our emotions in quite a

powerful way

conversely logical rhetorical questions

appeal to the logos or the reason within

your mind they make a stop pause and

think about what has been said making us

draw a logical conclusion one that the

speaker or writer wants us to draw an

example of this is can you imagine that

that question has probably been asked

after a long description and providing

us with the rhetorical question can you

imagine that forces us to stop and

actually think through what there

said and come to the same reasonable

logical conclusion that the speaker has

another example is it's not much to ask

is it this rhetorical question is quite

a powerful one it allows you once again

to stop pause think about what's been

said and consider as to whether you

think it is too much to ask it can be

really powerful using rhetorical

questions to appeal to a reader sense of

logic and reason because we know that as

human beings we are quite logical

creatures in the final part of this

video I want to talk about using

rhetorical questions with intent or

purpose if you're a writer or if you're

creating a speech it's important to stop

and think what do you want to gain from

this rhetorical question do I want to

gain my audience some emotions do I want

them to stop and think about what I've

already said and do I want them to come

to the same logical conclusion that I

have also consider who is my target

audience that will really impact on how

you phrase and how you write the

rhetorical question the last thing you

should ask is how can this rhetorical

question add strength or value to my

argument giving yourself that question

allows you to stop and think about how

you can make it the most powerful

rhetorical question possible I hope

during this video you've learned a lot

about rhetorical questions thanks for

listening

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