Persuasion and Pathos

 

To what extent does environmentalism require all writers to generate affective claims, claims that engage audiences by intervening in old topics in fresh ways? To get at this question, please perform the following:

  • In groups of three, read the claims you have been assigned.
  • Discuss the extent to which each claim can be either true or false.
  • Support both sides of the claims with evidence from JM Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals.
  • Be prepared to share you support, evidence, and reasoning with the class.

 

Group #1: The debate over the lives of animals occurs and will be solved at the dinner table and not in the legislature, lab, classroom, or voting booth (113-15 & 137-43)

  1. True
  2. False

Group #2: Animals do not deserve “rights” under the law because they ¬†lack reason and/or immortal souls. (119-21)

  1. True
  2. False

Group #3: Modern, industrial animal production rivals the crimes committed by the Third Reich. (117-19)

  1. True
  2. False

Group #4: Animal testing reveals more about the behavior and values of the humans conducting the testing than the animals being tested (126-28 & 135).

  1. True
  2. False

Group #5: Dietary restrictions do nothing more than allow one group of humans to feel superior to another group of humans. (135-41)

  1. True
  2. False

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