Pathos is a rhetorical device [way of talking that makes the speaker more persuasive] that appeals to emotions [feelings]. It is used to evoke [bring about] an emotional response in the audience, which can be sadness, happiness, anger, or sympathy. Pathos is often used in speeches, advertisements, or storytelling to create a connection with the audience and persuade them.
- The speaker used pathos when telling a heart-wrenching story about a disadvantaged child to evoke sympathy from the audience.
- The advertisement for a charity organization used pathos by showing images of starving children to appeal to people’s compassion and encourage them to donate.
Very Simple Definition:
Pathos is a way of using emotions to convince people to feel or do something.
- A sad video might make people feel sorry for the animals and want to adopt them.
- A politician might try to make people angry at the opposition, so they vote for him instead.