In his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Elie Wiesel strives to inform his audience of the unbelievable atrocities of the Holocaust in order to prevent them from ever again responding to inhumanity and injustice with silence and neutrality. The structure or organization of Wiesel’s speech, his skillful use of the rhetorical appeals of pathos and ethos, combined with powerful rhetorical devices leads his audience to understand that they must never choose silence when they witness injustice. To do so supports the oppressors. Wiesel’s speech is tightly organized and moves the ideas forward effectively. Wiesel begins with humility, stating that he does not have the right to speak for the dead, introducing the framework of his words.
In the extract of President Ronald Reagan speech, Reagan discusses the critical necessity for freedom in countries and the lacking of it in Communist worlds, such as the Soviet Union. He achieves this by incorporating logos and pathos, to persuade the audience to question their own beliefs and see his point of view, multiple uses of repetition to enforce his views and thoughts, and several examples of syntax to further amplify the purpose of his essay. Logos and pathos are both used regularly by Reagan in his speech in order to persuade his listeners of taking his words into consideration and swaying their opinions. He uses pathos to emotionally persuade people by directly addressing General Secretary Gorbachev, to open the gate and tear down the Berlin wall if he truly sought peace, prosperity and liberalization. To the audience, it would seem ridiculous not to agree with Reagan’s statement, which is something both Reagan and Gorbachev would know.
This scandal caused many Americans and Republican politicians to push Eisenhower to remove Nixon as his running mate and to question Nixon’s integrity. In rebuttal to the scandal, Nixon took the bull by the horns and defended himself by going on live national television and addressed the nation by giving the famous Checkers speech. The soon to be Vice-President articulated his speech with a perfect combination of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos to turn the tables from making everyone hate him to making the American People and Republican Politicians love him. Nixon’s integrity was
“Duties of American Citizenship” In 1883, Theodore Roosevelt, gave his “Duties of American Citizenship” speech. The speech took place around the same time that the Civil Service Reform Act was passed. It was passed to prohibit government officials from soliciting campaign donations from yard workers. So, the overall purpose of Roosevelt 's speech was to persuade people to fulfill their duty as a citizen in the United States. He wanted them to stand up for their country, to be involved in politics, and to want to go the extra mile just to help others and the country as a whole.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States and attended Columbia Law School as well as Harvard University. During his presidency, the United States was blindsided by a malicious attack from Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor. In his address to the Nation speech that followed, he effectively convinces the American people and Congress that war on Japan is the best option by using strong word choice and a sense of nationalism to draw emotion from his audience. These appeals to pathos, along with integrating a clear call-to-action for the American people, creates an effective argument for his speech. To begin, Roosevelt’s strong use of language, which is seen throughout the speech, creates an emotional response among his audience and exemplifies the way he uses appeals to pathos
Bush effectively executes his 9/11 speech and uses rhetorical devices to catch the citizens attention, calm the America people and unite them together again. Bush addresses the audience and the problem as a catchy first sentence. “Our…fellow citizens, our way of life…our very freedom…” Due to Bush repeating “Our” he utilizes the device of anaphora to hook the reader’s attention. The president starts to tell his audience that the terrorist attack might have threatened their freedom and way of life but will never successfully take it. Bush uses the
Clinton advises the citizens, “When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it,” (Clinton 11) because actively opposing acts of hate will aid in halting terrorism. His call to action is stated in the form of an anaphora because, in a cohesive structure, his ideas are clear to the frantic American citizens. By uttering his overarching purpose in an understandable fashion, the audience will better receive his message, and the effects are significant. Throughout the speech, empathy and trust are reestablished in Clinton which results in an united American population helping each other get through tough
Empty promises from president after president lead Americans to lose faith in politics. In A Prayer for Owen Meany, Americas search for truth and honesty in politics plays out during both the Kennedy and Reagan administrations. Owen’s search for honesty in politics prompts him to reform his own attitude. Upon hearing of JFK’s election, he writes in his journal, NO MORE SARCASM MASTER…NO MORE CYNICAL, NEGATIVE, SMART-ASS, ADOLESCENT BULLSHIT! THERE IS A WAY TO BE OF SERVICE TO ONE’S COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING A FOOL; THERE IS A WAY TO BE OF USE WITHOUT BEING USED...” He thought that Kennedy was religious and—incredibly—he didn’t mind that Kennedy was a Catholic.
Human rights activists, Malcolm X in his speech, Ballot or Bullets, published in 1964 addresses the topic of equality and argues that people must be politically intelligent and stand up against segregation. He supports this claim by using anaphora, then by using ethos and finally by using imagery. Malcolm’s purpose is to persuade his audience into standing up against white manipulation. He adopts a frustrated tone for his audience, the readers of Ballot or Bullets and others interested in the topic of black nationalist. Malcolm X starts his speech by explaining that factors like religion, nationality, and politics should not affect who deserves equality.
He lays the foundation of his authority by making it known to his audience that he previously worked for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Promptly after this he makes a pass at Obama calling him “our first foreign born president,” (Lovett 29). Making a joke about the leader of the free world, Obama, establishes a cocky tone, another reason to make the audience believe that Lovett knows what he is talking about. By belittling those Americans who voice their “wrong” opinions, he makes it seem as if he is wiser and superior to them. Lovett proclaims, “that there are people who believe stupid, irrational, hateful things about other people,”(31).
David Kopel 's article on the 1966 gubernatorial election discussed the extremism issue. Reagan dealt with accusations from the Democrats of being extremist. Incumbent Pat Brown upon hearing of Reagan 's candidacy remarked “gleeful anticipation of beating this politically inexperienced, right-wing extremist and aging actor.” Accusations came from the Republican side, but the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any other Republican,” kept accusations from being too loud. The 11th Commandment promoted unity within the Party. However, Reagan blocked these claims and any groups labeled as extremist.
Bush that incited pathos among American voters. Comprised of only 8 still images and stern narration, the “Willie Horton” advertisement permanently changed the public perception of Michael Dukakis and was a significant factor in his political defeat. While similar tactics are still prevalent in politics today, this form of one-sided rhetoric is contradictive to Aristotle’s rhetorical philosophy since it disregards Dissoi Logoi. According to Aristotle, it is essential to build an understanding of both sides of an argument to ensure that the truth prevails. Bush’s use of language in his television advertisements exemplifies Kenneth Burke’s theory of Terministic Screens and “Dramatistic” view of language.
George Washington, being the first president, felt that in order to maintain structure in the government after he was no longer in charge, had to leave a letter to his country’s citizens. Washington began his address by giving thanks and appreciation to everyone for giving him the opportunity to lead their country and explaining his reasoning for declining another term. Along with these reasons, he pointed out some of the flaws of his presidency, admitting to the public that he was not a perfect American leader and that he is not a stencil into which all other presidents should be carved out of. While he stated that he was not impeccable, Washington did continue on in his address to offer some advice to the future of America. Washington
All three arguments, ethos pathos, and logos are used in order to make Graham’s essay optimal and very persuasive, along with skills that make this article a prodigious example of clever rhetoric executed by the author. In the article, Graham starts out by trying to set the mood for the audience. Because Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, the author makes a pun about “brewing” up a presidential run, hoping to add humor to the piece along with soothing the audience to be more easily persuaded. David Graham also insults the current Democratic runner, Hilary Clinton,
Donald J Trump The man that believes that immigrants are running America. The man that will criticise to the minimum detail of a person to make voters against them. Yes, Donald J Trump the man with the thin skin of anger that wit smallest comment will blow. He gives ideas that are simple and easy and believes that everyone will understand him. Trump message has many plans and ideas he express theses ideas with the claim, repetition and of other political partners.