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Pathos is a kind of argument that appeals to the reader's emotions. Along with ethos and logos, pathos is one of Aristotle's basic tools for successful rhetoric. In literary criticism, pathos is most commonly used in the practice of speechwriting and public speaking, as it refers to anything that grasps the attention of the audience. Thus, any literary device can be considered "pathetic", or it could refer to the overall tone of an argument as emotional rather than logical.