Fighting for equality was a relevant theme in early America; however, fighting was only half the struggle, once you won what happened next was up to the leaders of the new system. In Abraham Lincoln’s speech “ The Second Inaugural Address”, America is nearing the end of the civil war and Lincoln explains what should happen next as their victory approaches. Through the use of rhetorical strategies such as diction, allusion, and syntax the audience connects to Lincoln and his statements while understanding the great capability of America. Throughout Lincolns Speech he often times alludes to references the general population knows about so they can connect to him and his statements while receiving a greater knowledge of his purpose. The Bible
Even if slavery had been gone for more then 100 years, African-Americans were still being treated unfair and were not completely free. In his first statement he said, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”. Martin Luther King’s speeches and demonstrations would affect a change in the audience minds and hearts. He stood up against the injustice and inspired a nation into action with his words. Martin Luther King also used a lot of religious references in his speech for example from the Bible he used quotes like “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” & Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain….”.
Referencing to the historical “I Have A Dream” speech, held by Martin Luther King in Washington D.C., 1963. Martin Luther King’s speech focused on his experience with oppression because of his skin tone and ethnicity. In his speech, he says that his children and grandchildren should not have to experience the discrimination that he did, he preached of unity, an end to prejudice and an end to racism in the United States. By mentioning this highly memorable speech, Obama is referencing to a historical event, making use of the mode of persuasion known as ethos. He is appealing to experience; how much America has changed since that day in 1963 as a kind of evidence that they can do that again.
During his speech, Obama claims the problems facing Americans as well as setting a notion explaining how he will solve the problems. Obama builds his credibility with personal facts and reputable history, making Americans trust his approach. President Obama uses a fine mix of ethos, pathos, and logos to not only speak to the citizens of America, but leaders and residents of other abiding nations that there is an assortment of challenges in America that can and will be resolved due to the determination, persistent dedication, and morale of Americans. Instead of individualism, Obama focuses on emphasizing the unity of the nation being one again. He does this by refraining from using words like ‘me’, ‘myself’,
He transformed the presidency into something it only had the potential to be before; Roosevelt turned the executive office into a place of action. Roosevelt helped carry our country through the progressive movement, a movement which was created to eliminate corruption and allow more liberties and rights the American people. He spoke of things people had wanted for a long time, and charmed the American people. Being an excellent performer, Roosevelt was able to rally the United States to work toward common goals and help the country. Along the way, he created the ‘bully pulpit.’ Roosevelt used the word ‘bully’ in a way we do not use it today.
Barack Obama’s campaign and the succeeding election was the answer to all necessities in the country. During his speech Obama gets the viewers attention with his moving pathetic appeals, and the use of historical figures and past events to help accept the importance of the moment and his use of
On a cold day in 1961, John F. Kennedy delivered a speech to the citizens and peoples of both America and the world. After the end of a close and competitive election, he used this speech not to celebrate his victory as president, but to unite the audience. He addresses the audience with a statement that would be remembered for years to come, as its call to duty is a powerful one. A strong appeal to ethics─ not only his ethics but our ethics as a country united through shared values─ and powerfully emotional and logical arguments are used to convince the audience to take a stand and make a difference. Additionally, he appeals to the rest of the world by referring to different areas and countries of the globe while also connecting all human beings together as one population.
And that is why I succeed.” It’s a good way to motivate, by using the authority of another person. And on the other hand a lot of young people know Michael Jordan and seeing him as a role model. And when a “boring” politician like Barack Obama quotes Michael Jordan, the audience will think he’s cool and will boost Obamas motivation
If the speaker is your President, it makes it a lot easier for you to trust the speaker. FDR knew that if the audience gained trust in him, that they would be able to listen to him and believe him now. Not only does FDR start out his speech laying out his credibility, but he ends it letting the audience know who 's in charge. Towards the end of his speech, FDR states "As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense." In the beginning of his speech, he was letting the crowd know of his credibility, but here he is emphasizing that he is now in charge.
When reading a speech the reader may interpret it easier because he/she can set their own emotion in the words and phrases of the piece. For example, in Barack Obama’s “New Hampshire Primary” speech, it reads, “But the reason our campaign has always been different is because it’s not just about what I will do as president, it’s also about what you, the people who love this country, can do to change it” (Obama). Through Obama’s words, the reader can identify and insert emotion into the speech wherever he/she feels necessary. His words emit feelings of motivation and inspiration, inspiring the reader to make a change for the better of the nation. On the contrary, listening to a speech may make it harder for a listener to comprehend the main points because the speaker sets the emotion through powerful words or phrases.