The True Events That Transpired on “Bloody Sunday”

In “The Principal Conclusions and Overall Assessment of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry,” authors Mark Saville (Baron Saville of Newdigate), Canadian lawyer and judge William Lloyd Hoyt and Australian judge John Toohey attempt to establish a definitive version of the events that transpired on January 30, 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Through the presentation of concrete statistics and data, alongside vivid illustrations that precisely depict where the indicated events took place, “Bloody Sunday” is left for interpretation by audiences who divulge into this report. The author’s purpose for crafting this documentation is to present and unfold the evidence that has been collected. This allows for audiences to come to their own conclusions about what actually took place during “Bloody Sunday.” The authors are aware that not all of the events that materialized on January 30th were strictly recorded, which is why they give room for personal interpretation. Using such words as “probably” and “potentially” allows for the individual to infer what they believe is true and is not true. On the contrary, using such words and phrases such as “there is no doubt” and “evidently,” gives way for audiences to see which events have been proven to occur during this day. These word choices demonstrate the passion and emotion that these authors feel; attempting to instill to their audience the events that truly happened and ones that can be left to explicate on their own. All of this stems from their usage of pathos. This deeply rich and invigorating documentation of the events that took place during “Bloody Sunday” provides audiences, through an unbiased report, the ability to reach their own conclusions on the events they perceive took place.

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