Pathos is the use of language, examples, diction, or images to create an emotional reaction in the reader. The most common types are anger at a social injustice, sympathy for another’s misfortune, or laughter at a humorous or illogical state of affairs.
- Black Hole of Calcutta (or click here to download a PDF version of this material.)
- Pathos: Humorous College Admissions Essay (downloadable PDF handout)
Quick tips for Pathos (Do’s and don’ts)
- Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” (or click here to download a PDF version of this material.)
- T.S. Eliot’s Objective Correlative (PDF handout)
- What is pathos? (PDF handout)