My memory palace is actually a space adventure through the STARS. If you’d like to come along, you are more than welcome.
The setting: The route to get to my room in Walker beginning at the front door where the key swipe is.
The actual setting: The entrance to the National Space Base. Inside is a rocket ready for liftoff.
So we start at the key swipe at the entrance of Walker dorms. I picture a giant green E for ethos that covers the doors. It’s green because green means go. ANYONES‘ StarCard will work to get them inside because we all want to be able to get inside right? It’s the National Space Base after all.
So then we walk into Walker and head straight for the elevator. As soon as we push the round “up” button we automatically think Pathos! Why are we soooo excited? because we are about to get on a rocket ship that propels us into outer space. The rocket ship (elevator) doors open and we get on and prepare for liftoff. (Make sure your backpack is on TIGHT!)
Now that we have entered the atmosphere, it is safe to leave our takeoff compartment (the elevator) and explore the rest of the rocket ship. The door we enter on our right is in the shape of an L for logos. This is because the long hall behind the door is actually a library full of space books. We enter because we want to learn more!
Making the memory palace was a lot of fun. I started out with the directions given in the memory palace article. First I picked a well-known path (the path I take everyday to get to my room). Then I picked out key points on the path. (The key swipe and doors to get in, the elevator and “UP” button, and finally the door to my hallway.) Then I associated the three rhetorical appeals with them. I tried to associate the definition of the appeal to where I placed it in the palace.
Ethos was placed at the key swipe and front doors because it had to do with the authority of those who can get in. We want to trust the author just as we all want to get into the Space Base. Who doesn’t want to get into the Space Base, RIGHT?
Pathos was placed directly after the push of the “up” button. Just as Pathos is emotion, we are excited because we are about to get on a rocket ship! Not just an ordinary elevator! Pushing the button triggers the excitement.
Logos was placed at the door to my hallway. I can picture an L forming the left side and bottom of the door. I made L stand for library because books (especially space books) are full of logic. We can find all the information and knowledge we NEED here.
Instead of leaving my memory palace in Walker, I took it to outer space to make it more fun. And did you pay attention? What planet are we traveling to?
HINT: First letters of THESE words.