Logos, Ethos, and Pathos: The New Direction’s Three New Leaders
In previous seasons, the New Directions were led by
Logos: Greek for “word”. Logical method of persuasion using reasoning. See also: logistics, the-one-behind-the-scenes, the director
If you’ve been paying attention since season one, you’ll notice that Artie has actually been our leader this entire time. Not Finn, not Rachel, but Artie calls the shots more often than any other student. Artie is the brains behind the operations: he picks out songs, he picks the soloists, he decides what the New Directions are going to do for Christmas. In The New Rachel, when the New Directions face sudden popularity and are pressured into bullying, each and every member looks to Artie for guidance on what to do. They all know who actually runs the show here.
So why, then, is Artie not the de facto leader of the club? Why is he not calling absolutely all the shots?
For the same reason in season one when Mr. Schue had Artie in his Glee club but sill felt like he needed a male lead in Finn? Because Artie lacks the front-man appeal. The wheelchair bound, glasses wearing nerd does not “look” the part of the charismatic leader, even though we the audience know he can rock it no matter what.
Artie’s other weakness, and the reason we need a third leader to make this Holy Trinity work, is his emotional reliability to other characters. While Artie is obviously not without compassion, and certainly we’ve seen him be friends with others, he can also be insensitive and hurtful, which aren’t the best qualities for a leader to have.
Which is why he needs Blaine and Sam to back him up, if the New Directions are going to continue to function.
Ethos: Greek for “character”. Refers to the credibility and trustworthiness of the speaker. We tend to believe in people we respect. See also: the front man, the charmer, the public face
The first time we see
He’s the New Rachel because he earned it: he’s smart, he’s charming, he’s a talented singer, a natural-born performer, and when he talks, people listen. But more than any of that: he’s willing to be the face of the New Directions, like Rachel was before him. Artie, I think, realized that, and that’s the real reason
He’s the New Direction’s PR guy while Artie’s the brains of the operations. It’s not the easiest of jobs, but someone’s got to do it.
Because the things that make
And while he might be able to fill our pathos leadership need, I bet that goes to Sam simply because
Pathos: Greek for “Suffering” or “experience. Reliability. The method of persuasion used by appealing to people’s emotions. See also: the companion, the one-who-has-been-in-your-shoes, the friend
You’ll see about that pathos’s original meaning is about suffering, and few characters have suffered like Sam Evans
except you Kurt Hummel get out of here. He transfers to a new school where he knows no one. He gets bullied. His girlfriend cheats on him. His family loses their home. He makes a lot of really awesome friends and gets an amazing girlfriend, and his family moves out of state. He becomes a stripper.
But that’s also what makes Sam our perfect pathos leader: he’s suffered, which means he can relate to other people’s suffering. And that’s what makes Sam a leader.
He doesn’t have Artie’s brains or
thinks differently is blonde like
He’s the heart that keeps Glee together. Artie may make plans and direct people, but if he insults them and doesn’t understand their pain, they aren’t going to put up with him no matter how good his ideas might be. And
But Sam? Sam hugs them. Sam gets them. Sam’s their buddy, their friend. When chaos erupts right before a competition, Sam is going to pull a Noah Puckerman and be the one to pull everyone together and remind them that they love each other, because only Sam will be able to do it.
So All Together
Artie is the Brain,
Together, they’re going to lead the team to Nationals like a well-oiled machine that’s going to make Finn and Rachel look like children looking after puppies. And it’s going to be awesome.