Essay on persuasive appeal
The purpose of the persuasive appeal was to bring people to terms with the full horror of the human tragedy unfolding in the shores of Europe by showing the public Alan Kurdi; a three year old boy drowned and washed up to the shores of Turkey while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos and highlight the incredible risks refugees take to reach the west.
In this article, the emotional appeal is accentuated by the horrific and distressing images of the corpse or body of the young drowned boy washed up and lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum. The fact that the images are of a three-year old boy is a persuasive appeal on its own given that it portrays the helplessness of a child who not only faced immense obstacles in the form of war in Syria and difficulty finding proper means of migration to Canada where the family wanted to go but also faced death at such a tender age and denied the ability to live by his inability to swim and lack of adequate help and concern from other individuals and countries regarding his plight. The words used in this newspaper article are also thought provoking such as “horror, toddler wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf” as they paint a picture in one’s head of the horrors and extraordinary risks families and children go through to escape their war-torn country and seek better life only to end up succumbing to gruesome deaths.Essay on persuasive appeal
The emotion that this appeal attempts to arouse is that of sympathy and empathy with the ultimate objective of getting individuals and countries to do more to help families and children seeking asylum away from their war-torn nations. By highlighting in images the dead and motionless body of Alan Kurdi; the three year old boy drowned and washed up to the shores of Turkey, the article makes one witness firsthand the hardship faced by children immigrants and the horrific nature of their helplessness and demise. The article also highlights the worrying number of 2,500 individuals who succumbed to death in that summer alone while trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe, indicating the hazard of sudden death awaiting most refugees. Smith, the author of the article asserts that fifteen thousand refugees arrived in Lesbos at that time “awaiting passage by cruise ship to Athens’ port of Piraeus before continuing their journey to Macedonia and up through Serbia to Germany and Hungary or Canada.” This evinces the difficulties faced by refugees to reach their destinations while having minimal or no possessions let alone sufficient money to secure safe transport. Ultimately the images of the corpse of Alan Kurdi lying face down on the beach are the most compelling and the ones that draw immense sympathy and empathy from readers.
This appeal was extremely persuasive. I felt moved and deeply sympathized with the horrific outcomes of families and children seeking asylum away from their war-torn nations so much so that I decided to provide help in whatever way required including through donations. Families and children should not have to go through such cruel conditions by themselves when all they are seeking is just a place to survive and feel safe. I am not the only one who was persuaded by this appeal as even governments of foreign nations felt moved and decided to provide more help by welcoming more refugees.