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If someone did you a favor, something big, something that you could not do on your own, and instead of paying it back, you paid it forward to three people

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If someone did you a favor, something big, something that you could not do on your own, and instead of paying it back, you paid it forward to three people. Imagine the next day, they each paid it forward to three more people. And imagine the day after, those 27 people each paid it forward to another three people. Then each day afterwards, everyone in turn paid it forward to three more people; in two weeks that comes to 4,782,969 people. This is the idea that gives the movie Pay It Forward such persuasive appeal. The specific persuasive purpose is to get people to think how such a simple idea can make a big difference. Another persuasive goal of the movie was to get people to not be afraid to help others, and tell those people to help other like they were helped. The idea must follow these three rules: First, It has to be something that really helps people. Second, It has to be something they can't do by themselves. Lastly, if I do it for them, they do it for three other people (Pay It Forward 2000). The title of the movie is Pay It Forward; it was released into the theatre on October 20, 2000 nationwide. ...read more.

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Audiences trust a young innocent kid more than anyone else because he appeals to their ideas of "good". This shows how pathos is being used to affect the emotions of people. Lastly, the other persuasive appeal being used is the narrative sequence of the film. The movie starts off with the reporter receiving an extraordinary gift in time of crisis, and he wants to find out why? He then tracks it down to a social studies assignment done by a seventh grader. This helps show that one small idea and act of kindness can spread so widely if people were just more aware and helped those in need. Later in an interview with the reporter Trevor says, "The world is not exactly shit." "Things can be changed, but only if people are not afraid." The other persuasive goal was to get people to not be afraid to help others, and tell those people to help other like they were helped. This was shown with Trevor's first beneficiary of kindness. When he invites a strange young man whom his homeless back to his house to eat a normal meal and have a place to sleep. This build ethos; anyone who invites a homeless drug addict in their house must really not be afraid. ...read more.

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This husbands who are alcoholic, abusive towards their spouse and children, and come in and out of their family's life to cause trouble. This is shown with Mr. Simonet the teacher who was beaten and burned by his father for defending his mother. It also takes place with Arlene McKinney who was abused as a child by different men that her mother brought home, and with Trevor watches as his mom keeps taking back his abusive alcoholic father. So overall, I do not think it will affect the persuasive appeal by damaging its logos. In general the movie has a lot of persuasive tools used to build ethos, logos, and pathos. The movie clearly states its persuasive goals, that is to get people to think how such a simple idea can make a big difference, to get people to not be afraid to help others, and tell those people to help other like they were helped. These goals were accomplished easily with the great acting, and through the use of establishing credibility, providing evidence, convincing with reason, and using emotional appeal to capture the audience. The movie's only flaw was in using stereotypical characters like all young black males are criminals, and all homeless people live on the streets cause the are either alcoholics or drug-addicts. Overall, the movie shows an accurate persuasive argument for helping change the world. ...read more.

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