Superheroes 10/23 – Logical arguments homework

For homework tonight:

Notes from class: Rhetorical Appeals

Identify a rhetorical appeal and a logical fallacy in Reverend Stryker’s ideas in God Loves, Man Kills and explain why they are what they are.

Extra credit: email me or bring in an article or video or other form of media with an example of logos/pathos/ethos and article/other media with a logical fallacy.



4 thoughts on “Superheroes 10/23 – Logical arguments homework

  1. Towards the end of the book, when Stryker gives his speech he talks about the creation of humanity and how we are all created in God’s image. Stryker then argues that mutants are not supposed to exist, and he then says “we are as God made us! Any deviation from that sacred temple — any mutation — comes not from heaven, but hell” and this is an example of the false dilemma fallacy. This section of Stryker’s speech is an example of pathos since he is trying to instill fear within his audience (emotion), and he gives them this false choice of either or. His intention is to make people fear mutants and he does this by making them fear their fellow man, and by making them think there are only two options: to be with mutants or against them. This choice leads to the bigger and more alarming thought of his argument and that is to be someone who will be in heaven alongside God or someone damned to hell with Satan and mutant kind.


  2. On page 35 Striker realized his son was a mutant, he said he could not raise his kid, why was god punishing him through his child. I believe this was a redherring because the kid being a mutant wasnt god punishing him but just genetics they just dont understand nor do they want to comply and listen.


  3. On page 13 of GLMK, Professor X begins the conversation with the statement that not all mutants are the same and the we should judge them as individuals instead of as a goal. Strykers response to Xavier is to completely ignore his statement, and begin to talk about their powers, and how the mutants are dangerous. This is a clear example of a Red Herring, as Stryker uses the powers of the mutants to completely disregard and muddle the original conversation. In this scene Stryker uses Pathos, stating about how dangerous mutants can be to try and force people onto his side through the form of fear.


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