Watch the following clip from College Humor’s web series Very Mary-Kate, a parody of the life of Mary-Kate Olsen.
In this excerpt, Mary-Kate argues that she should have a baby. She offers some reasons to support this claim. Why aren’t these reasons persuasive?
"Baby." Very Mary-Kate.
Carroll, Elaine. "Baby." Very Mary-Kate. College Humor. 2011. Web. 30 July 2012. Used with the permission of Elaine Carroll.
Mary-Kate claims that she should have a baby because she has spent half a million dollars on baby accessories. Her “ten” reasons are good enough for Mary-Kate, but they don’t persuade Ashley. Why not?
All Mary-Kate offers are two pieces of evidence: she bought a Baby Björn and a matching diaper bag and car seat. She doesn't offer any reasons why buying these things makes her ready to have a baby. She may think that anyone with an emerald-encrusted Baby Björn is ready to have a baby, but Ashley doesn't agree—and we probably don't either.
In order to convince your readers to accept a claim, you have to do more than state facts that you find persuasive. You have to offer reasons whose logic will make sense to your readers, and then support those reasons with factual evidence.