Post your Literary Analysis today. Hand in your rough draft or email it. 

Casso “Worth the Lie”

Take 10-15 minutes to review the article. Work in groups of 2 or 3. Winner will get a reward. 

What is Casso’s argument?

How does Casso support the argument he is making? Find examples of ethos, pathos, and logos. 


  1. Sort of cost-benefit analysis
  2. Measuring praise and blame
  3. Making the weaker argument the stronger one, playing devil’s advocate

Argument or Persuasion?

For the final assignment I am working on developing a better assignment. I don’t want you to just go through the motions of argumentation. I want you to do good in the world. I have three approaches I am thinking about.

  1. Pick a side you want to argue on your topic of choice. 
  2. Persuade us of something you know that we don’t. Do some good in the world.
  3. Argue for a cause you believe in. 

Example for the second choice. 

Faith healers are not doctors. If you have a serious condition, you should seek out trained medical professionals. REAL doctors that can help you. A faith healer is someone who performs “faith healing” which is usually a trick. They might do psychic surgery and “remove” the cancer, but in actuality do nothing but take your money. Don’t go to a healer, go to a doctor for science based medicine. 

“I Have a Dream” Speech

Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the best speeches in history. How does he develop his ethos? How does he use appeals to emotion and logic to get us to see his perspective. How does he persuade us to see the truth he knows? 

Write down some examples of ethos, logos, and pathos from the speech. 


What do Casso’s argument and Dr. King’s argument have in common? What can we learn from them to apply to our argument paper?