Rhetorical Analysis "Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all resolutions. "- Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was a sermon written and delivered by American reverend Jonathan Edwards in 1741, and was an outstanding example of the potentially dominant convincing powers of the use of Rhetoric. The sermon, even when read silently, is effective in projecting a specific interpretation of the wrathful nature of God and the sinful nature of man.
King has progressed from what professor Jonathan Rieder calls a “Diplomat” to a “Prophet.” This clear declaration of self-sufficiency reflects his ultimate sentiment: while he would like the support of his audience, he and his brothers and sisters will persevere and succeed even without it. He establishes this by referring to the greatest indignity in black American history – slavery – and yet owning that period with optimism, as an indication that the black man will triumph over any adversity. What gives them such exceptional power is that they operate with the protection of both the secular (“the sacred heritage of our nation”) and the divine (“the eternal will of God.”) Echoing his earlier arguments that the law and morality cannot be considered as independent concepts, he insists that he will triumph because he believes in justice, and implicitly warns those who do not join him that they are cowardly, promoting injustice instead.
Another rhetorical technique used by the authors of both of the speeches discussed is emotional appeal. By structuring their speeches in such a way that allows the readers to connect on a personal level, the authors of both of these speeches are able to convey their messages with increased persuasiveness and beauty. In LBJ’s speech, various real world examples as well as personal anecdotes are used to increase the emotional appeal of the writing. One of the places where he uses this is when he states “The Negro citizen may go to register only to be told that the day is wrong, or the hour is late, or the official in charge is absent. And if he persists, and if he manages to present himself to the registrar, he may be disqualified because he
They form a triangle consisting of the speaker, the message, and the audience. Bush appeals to logos by using the word “our”. The use of the word “our” appeals to logos because he is talking about the whole nation and himself. He also appeals to logos when he uses really lengthy sentences and then uses a really short sentence.
An activist and a civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his speech, “Facing the Challenge of New Age”, declares that the success of the Montgomery movement has broken many stereotypes. King’s purpose is to persuade the audience to take a stance for civil rights and carry on the non- violent protests. He adopts a confident tone in order to express to his audience the vision that the “new age” is inspiring and promising. King begins his speech to the members of the Montgomery Improvement Association by recalling the last assembly’s efforts to eliminate injustice and crediting the white community in Montgomery for their “moral sensitivity and discipline”.
He focuses on it to show the greater importance of public opinions, which others believe it as the voice of God. By capitalizing the phrases, it makes the two phrases seem more critical to his discussion. It conveys to the readers that the public opinions dominate the society and that everyone is captivated by it. Because it rules the whole society, Twain refers to it as the “Voice of
Staples utilizes the three main rhetorical devices, pathos, ethos, and logos all to give the reader an insight into the life of a black man in society. By using these rhetoric techniques, Staples can produce reactions from the reader and accomplish his goal of bringing the reader to his level and allow them to empathize with him. By being able to use these rhetorical techniques and pulling the reader into his piece, he can accomplish his overall goal of the piece and make the audience see that even though society claims against it, there is still racism today and that it is not obvious to us because it has become a part of our
It was sought to reveal the lexical and semantic features used by speaker divulging his underlying ideological mental models. Throughout his speech, Obama reproduces and reaffirms the issue of racism and its existence through the discourse he enunciates. Consensus and solidarity towards victims of racism are profusely re-bellowed and resonated in his entire words while categorizing the perpetrator as a member of outer-group by including the victim as one member of his
Also, King has made a tremendous impact on the future of equality for all. Largely his most iconic speech was that of his 1963 speech, I Have a Dream (A&E Networks Television). Martin Luther king is widely recognized as one of the best speech givers of all time. Personally I picked him as a speaker to analyze as King appealed to the masses in a time period in which it was difficult, with a subject that was very hard to enforce. Also, one thing I really enjoy about King, as a speaker is his how relatable he is and how he practices what he preaches.
Through the use of diction, Henry appeals to the senses by making logical connections for the audience and by appealing to the audiences credibility. By doing this he the audience receives his message better because Henry captivates their attention. Henry utilizes figurative language in order to instill a sense of urgency in the audience. He wants the audience to also believe that a war with Great Britain is necessary. Henry connects the audience with their religion through rhetorical devices, such as allusions.
During the 1950’s, a time of movement and change, known as the Civil Rights Struggle was present. This was a time where African Americans pushed for equality by various methods of reform. Although, advancement had been made, the African Americans wanted to push for more. As the push for freedom was taking place, leaders rose up to the plate to encourage their people through speeches, marches, lectures, literature and many other forms of protest. There were many different ways of taking on this movement.
In the Letter from Birmingham City Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. uses these three persuasive elements (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) to reach the goal of argumentative writing, which is to persuade the audience that your ideas are valid, or more valid than someone else 's. The first appeal that uses ethos in the greeting of the letter, which reads 'My Dear Fellow Clergymen. ' This illustrates that Dr. King is letting the reader understand him in his role of a religious leader. This is known to be a position in which the individual is seen as generally good, upright, truthful and trustworthy. The point is that Dr. King was ethos to remind the reader about his role as a religious leader, rather than another role that would have been equally valid.
Malcolm X’s use of such radical ideas and solutions to the civil rights problems of his day, and MLK’s use of historical examples they captivate their audience and through logos and convince them of their views. Malcolm X completely shatters his listeners’ beliefs, using a roundabout form of rhetoric: he uses harsh language that seems to degrade his audience, while, at the same time, he increases their self-confidence subconsciously through their emotions and through logos builds in their minds the necessity to fight for equality. MLK uses analogies and enthymeme to relate to his audience the importance of equality in order to construct logos in the mind of his audience and convince them of the logic behind back equality. Through the use of appropriate elements of logos, MLK and Malcolm X appeal to logos to make an effective
“We are wrong to think of democracy as a gift of freedom it is really a kind of discipline that avails freedom.” (Steele 458) Shelby Steele is an author, professor, and well known commentator on race relations. He has a Ph.D. in English, an M.A. in sociology, and has written several books on racial issues. He focuses mostly on race relations and the issues that ensue from racial biased programs. His mother and father were both active for the civil rights movement and the things they did during it made an impression on his values, the article he wrote displays these values.
In his debate with James Baldwin, Malcom X explains why African Americans should use a forceful approach to achieve equality in America, and why he doesn’t agree with the sit in movement. He claims that if we use nonviolent protest, we are waiting for equality instead of demanding it. Then he goes on to describe the hope of integration has made African Americans soft and “disabled” them to stand up and fight. He also uses history, describing moments like Pearl Harbor, when whites were attacked and didn’t turn the other cheek, so he asks why should black people. Malcolm X sees that the African Americans should stand as one and fight oppression instead of waiting for it to happen.