Into the Wild

Thinking Critically

Rhetorical appeals are the accepted ways in which we persuade or argue a case. The following questions will move you through more traditional rhetorical appeals. By focusing on appeals to the writer, to emotion, and to logic, you will be able to discover how Krakauer has persuaded us and how you can use these techniques to persuade others when you write or speak. Questions about Logic (Logos)

4. Look for other claims that Krakauer makes that might be weak or unsupported. What are they?

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I think you would have to agree that Krakauer's claims are weak and unsupported. Some critics read a lot more into Krakauer's statements than needs to be. Part of this book contains Krakauer's reflections which, although subject to scrutiny, remain his opinions on his subject matter.