What is the importance or usefulness of word choice in composition?
Word choice is important because it gives the writer an opportunity to influence the reader's perception in a subtle, but meaningful, way. The author can create more nuanced imagery, or imply a specific undertone based on the connotations of their word choice. For example, compare the following: "He seated himself on the couch" "He plopped himself on the couch." "Seated" has the connotation of something orderly, purposeful and careful. "Plopped" on the other hand, paints a picture of a person or scenario that is sloppy, lazy or informal.
Phineas Gage suffered a head injury, destroying a large part of his frontal lobe. Describe some of the functions that are seated in the frontal lobe. How was Mr. Gage's personality impacted?
The frontal lobe is responsible for impulse control, higher order reasoning, planning, and decision making. After the accident, Mr. Gage was reported to have become more irritable, careless, vulgar and quick to anger.
Pathos is a rhetorical device that appeals to the audience's emotions in order to make an argument.