English II Pre-AP (6)
13 November 2013
Ethos: Dwight Eisenhower once said “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Throughout our life time we are introduced to various leaders with different leadership styles. Some leaders have the natural ability to inspire and are ethical in their decision making, while others lead by bullying and dishonesty. People are shaped by the way leaders act and portray themselves. Thesis: Leaders who are positive, courageous, and are morally sound tend to influence others around them, subsequently making them too willing to agree.
Historical: In The Charge of the Light Brigade a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Lord Cardigan a Lieutenant General, led his troops into the Battle of Balaclava that took place on October 25, 1854. During the battle Lord Cardigan gave the command "Forward, the Light Brigade!" Soldiers of the Light Brigade although unprepared knew it was their responsibility to follow orders. When the command was given to attack the men did so willingly and without question. It was the respect, trust, and confidence combined with Lord Cardigans tone and body language that facilitated the execution of the battle. The Battle of Balaclava although unsuccessful ended up being a suicidal mission for Lord Cardigan and his men.
Friendships can form very close bonds that sometimes result in having a leader and a follower. Literary: In Of Mice and Men a novel, written by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie portrayed a very close relationship because George was Lennie’s caretaker. In some cases George would take advantage of Lennie, making their friendship a dictatorship. It is seen through society that few friendships result in complications, because one was to controlling. The close friendship was so valuable to Lennie, that he did everything he could to make George pleased. Logos: Lennie was like a dog following behind his owner down the street. If Lennie was asked to complete a task, he would do it with no questions asked. Pathos: Lennie’s lack of knowledge, made it harder for him to really comprehend what was going on. He always had the fear of losing his best friend. The concern of losing their friendship always kept Lennie willing to agree with George.
Many individuals who are not open to anyone else’s opinion but their own, are typically the ones who are not afraid of voicing…