Arnold Shwarzenegger Address Rhetorical Devices

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is many things, a bodybuilder, an actor, and a politician. On this occasion, he is speaking as the governor of California to the Republicans at the 2004 Republican National Convention. The reason he is making this address is to re-elect President George Bush to the White House. Schwarzenegger focuses on one key theme throughout his speech, and that is that America is the greatest country in the world, and the only way to continue its greatness is by re-electing George Bush. Throughout his speech, Schwarzenegger uses many elements of rhetoric in order to drive his point home, the most effective being tone, use of Ethos, and use of parallelism. Arnold Schwarzenegger is consistent in the amount of excitement and pride that he …show more content…

In the beginning, he tells the story of how he grew up in Austria, a socialist nation, and wanted nothing more than to become a U.S. citizen. By doing so, he shows the audience that he knows what it is like to live somewhere with an overbearing government and little personal freedom, and that the Republican ideals are what separates America from being like that, with free enterprise and less government intervention. This also indirectly increases the credibility of George Bush, and Republican president. Schwarzenegger also stated, “Everything I have -- my career, my success, my family -- I owe to America.” This increases his credibility because it shows that everything that he accomplished, immigrating from Austria, becoming a famous actor, and then becoming governor of California is due to how great America is. The audience sees Arnold as someone who came to America, overcame all of the odds, and then became successful, all because of his devotion to the nation. By stating all of this, it allows the audience to view Arnold as a successful, devote, American, who therefore can be trusted in who he thinks should be the next

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