Huxley's ideas that our society is numbed by things that we love and that everyone is almost happy to be somewhat oppressed is almost too real. It is pretty easy to see and make connections after evaluating our society that we live in. I agree with Neil Postmans assertions claiming that Brave New World is most relevant to our society. One of Postman’s claims that i related to is “people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.” this is expressed in the book by the simple quote “community, identity, stability”(1). It relates to Postman’s assertion because the “identity” means that people need to accept who they are in order to keep society functioning properly.
The current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is also recognized for his public speaking skills. His glittering generality ‘Yes we can!’ is catchy, attractive, and appealing. In 1946, George Orwell stated: "In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible." In his essay 'Politics and the English Language ' he elaborates upon this statement by acclaiming that politicians purposely make use of vague and inexact words in order to deceive their audience. The politicians in question do so because using imprecise words and phrases allows people to interpret what the speaker is saying as cruel or as pleasant as they wish to.
In the writing "Civil Obedience" by Henry David Thoreau, I can see the depth he goes into trying to explain how America's government should respect us as much as we respect them. He uses very descriptive words that make me understand where he is coming from. The idea of this writing was to make all of America agree with him and stand up to the government. Thoreau states, "I do not care to trace the course of my dollar, if I could, till it buys a man or a musket to shoot one with — the dollar is innocent — but I am concerned to trace the effects of my allegiance". I feel like in this, he shows how he doesn't necessarily care about the past of the government, or what has happened, rather what will happen.
Thoreau uses logos throughout his essay to strengthen his argument with reasoning. He does so specifically with examples that resonate with the audience. For instance, as he attempts to persuade listeners to consider revolting against the government, he uses a real-life example: All men recognize... the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. But almost all say that such is not the case now. But such was the case, they think, in the Revolution Of '75... when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole
The consistent appeal to the audience and their relationship to the MLF affirms their belief that he is a reliable source- and Wallace makes sure the audience understands he knows his own biases and misunderstanding in both the main portion of the essay as well as the footnotes. Footnote 6 is particularly important for judging the ethos of the writing. The audience sees the clear bias in the observations but rather than ignore his own preferences, Wallace explicitly states why he holds these views and that the audience should be aware of this, strengthening the trust between author and audience. He also uses the footnotes to build his own understanding and awareness of the topic. The footnotes serve as a both a break from the essay,
Desire For Power In Act III, scene ii, lines 74-139 of Julius Caesar Antony’s speech portrays a powerful argument which he used to sway the citizens of Rome to side with him. Antony elaborated the truth behind the conspirators actions, which proved to the citizens that Caesar didn’t rule through ambitiousness like Brutus claimed in the speech prior. The scene took place moments after Brutus ' speech to the people claiming that Caesar 's control ultimately ended his reign,which he justified as the betterment of Rome. Shakespeare uses repetition, tone, and hyperbole throughout his speech to demonstrate the major fault in the conspirators plan, ultimately showing Antony’s need for power. The use of repetition in Antony 's speech allows for him to persuade the crowd and enable him to indoctrinate the plebeians causing them to despise the conspirators undertakings and yearn for Caesar’s avengence.
Besides posing himself as the ideal outsider in a world burdened by growing distrust and precarious politics, Donald Trump’s also utilizes misleading rhetoric that ironically increases trust among his supporters. While Trump’s arguments are filled with logical fallacies from ad hominem attacks, ambiguity, and false syllogisms, Trump is noted for his excessive use of hyperbole. Although Trump’s hyperbolic statements that “nobody has more respect for women than I do”, Obama is “the worst president in the history of the United Sates”, that “NAFTA is the ‘single worst trade deal ever approved’” or “some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber” come across ridiculous and over-the-top, to his supporters his use of hyperbole
All of this together creates a valid argument and leads the reader to agree with Boroditsky and her theory of language and its influences. Boroditsky wrote this argument to present to the reader a better understanding about language and culture and the effect that those two elements have on a person’s perception. The reader really walks away from this article with a better understanding and knowing that a person’s language does indeed influence a person’s perception of the world around
These emotions can be easily seen in many speeches as they’re usual abstract terms that invoke a particular emotion within the audience. The usage of terms and phrases such as, “power to abolish…all forms of human life,” or even, “destruction unleashed…engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction,” are all used to invoke fear. (Kennedy) This makes American citizens fear for them and also forces them to listen to the solution that President Kennedy would propose. Fear although isn’t the only emotion, there are also many invigorating and inspiring words sprinkled across the speech. Abstract words like, “loyalty” or “liberty,” make sure that there is a sense of patriotism to the ideas that America has been known for.