ForYou by Kenny Lattimore
Literatureuses rhetoric elements to present persuading arguments. KennyLattimore released the song “For You” in 1996. In the song, theartist highlights the usage of rhetoric to support the argument forlove and fidelity. The singer uses the appeal to logos, pathos, andethos to communicate his message to an audience that valuesaffection. Besides pathos and logic, Lattimore exploited his vocalisttalent to present the song in the context of a shared humanisticculture. The essay explores how Lattimore’s song “For You”expresses the theme of love and fidelity by using logos, ethos, andappeal to emotion.
Lattimoreapplies the appeal to emotion to convince the audience to believe inthe value of love. He communicates to an audience that equallybelieves in the expression of affection. Therefore, Lattimore playswith the emotions of the listeners to highlight their share emotions.“For you I share the cup of love that overflows/ And anyone whoknows us knows/ I would change all faults I have” (Lattimore 1).The artist uses pathos to confess a change of attitude and confessesto sacrifice all his faults for the sake of passion. Lattimore’ssong targets young adults who are likely to express similar adorationremarks.
“ForYou” is an American wedding song that celebrates the power of loveto change hearts of people by impressing a caring attitude.Lattimore’s creativity to communicate humanistic feelings thataffect his generation through R&B song is widely acknowledged inthe musical sector. While the singer started his music career back inhigh school, he dedicated his vocalist talent to various bands beforestarting a solo career. In 1996, he released his debut album thatfeatured among other songs, “For You”, which won the NAACP ImageAward in 1996. The musical career background makes Lattimore acredible musician. Lattimore uses Ethos to defend the conviction toexpress passion as a shared culture across all generations.
Althoughthe entire song contains emotional imagery, Lattimore uses the appealto logos to assert the theme of intimacy. Logos highlights themeaning and significance of fidelity in the development of fondnessbetween two people. “For you I make the promise of fidelity/ Nowand for eternity/ No one could replace this vow” (Lattimore 1). Thequote shows that the persona is willing to sacrifice all other thingsfor the sake of deep friendship. Furthermore, Lattimore emphasizesthe fact that fidelity is pillar of love that demands for sacrifice.
Inconclusion, Lattimore uses pathos, logos, and ethos to argue foraffectionate feelings that stimulates a caring attitude. The appealto pathos reveals romantic feelings as a collective social psychethat affects all cultures. Furthermore, the artist uses logos todemonstrate the fact that fidelity is a pillar that supports love.Indeed, Lattimore remains a celebrated vocalist with creativityskills to express humanistic feelings from an authoritative andcredible point of view.