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Plot in The Fallacy of Success

Plot Examples in The Fallacy of Success:

G. K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success"

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"You may want a book about jumping; you may want a book about whist; you may want a book about cheating at whist...."   (G. K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success")

In this paragraph, Chesterton has devised a fictional conversation with his readers, who he speaks to directly as “you.” He is appealing to a shared human experience, that of wanting to acquire a skill, that readers are likely familiar with. This is an argument that uses pathos to engage readers in an emotional response as they place themselves in the fictional narrative Chesterton is creating.

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