Task 3D: Persuasive literary writing

In this part of the study guide, we will focus on Task 3D in the exam set. You are asked to choose two of the English-language literary texts (short stories, novels, plays) you have studied during your course and discuss and compare how the writers choose to tell us the story and how this enhances their message.

As we cannot decide for you which texts to choose and discuss, we will mainly focus on features of persuasive writing and give you some general points you can consider in your comparison.

Persuasive writing

Persuasive writing is the presentation of reasons that might influence the readers. Persuasive writing can be broken into three basic divisions: ethos, logos, and pathos.


It is used to convince the readership of the morality or immorality of an issue. Can you think of any literary work that deals with moral issues?


Logos or logic, uses rationality and reason to convince the audience of a point of view. Reflect on a debate between two characters from the literary works ...

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