Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Journalism and Broadcasting

Document Type



Following the terrorist activities of September 11, 2001, the United States began weapons inspections in Iraq on November 18, 2002. This decision sparked interest throughout the world, including in France and the United States. By looking at Le Monde and The New York Times and focusing on the first war-related editorial each week from six weeks before and SLX weeks after the bcginning of weapons inspections, one can easily identify the opinions of the editorialists. These two papers are sister publications in France and the United States, respectively, with similarly wide ranges of audiences. Both papers were examined in their original languages. This thesis inspects the aforementioned editorials under a broad outline of Artistotle's theories of rhetoric including pathos, logos, and ethos. Pathos is looked at through the lens of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Rokcach's Values; logos through various forms of amplification; and ethos through an adjusted Aristotelian theory.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Larry Cailouet


Comparative Literature | Journalism Studies