In “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the author uses diction like abstract diction and details by explaining what he exactly wants in life to demonstrate Walter and his dream. To begin, Hansberry uses diction to demonstrate Walter and his dream by using abstract diction. She does this by explaining how he will give Travis anything for his seventeenth birthday and that he will “hand you the world!” (2.2). This shows that he wants to make his sons life as good as possible. But he still Directs in only to Travis which could lead to future problems. To continue, she also uses details to demonstrate Walter and his dream by explaining what he exactly wants in life. She does this by explaining that he will “make a transaction...a business
In the book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich writes the story, “Serving in Florida.” She describes her experience living as an undercover waitress when in reality she’s a journalist for culture and politics with a doctorate in biology. Ehrenreich experiences trying to survive on multiple low income jobs to understand what it is like to be in their shoes instead of being apart of the higher middle class. Ehrenreich uses imagery, diction, pathos and logos to strategize her story and make it more appealing to the readers who are higher income people wanting them to understand how difficult low income life can be.
Liberty Mutual creates an ad to persuade viewers to switch to their insurance. The first rhetoric technique used is pathos when Liberty Mutual says, “You totaled your brand new car. Nobody’s hurt, but there will still be pain.” People have either been in an accident and understand the emotions involved, or they have not and worry about what will happen in an accident. The emotional response is fear over the rising payments, and regret over being in an accident. They then combine logos with pathos by stating, “It comes when your insurance company says they’ll only pay three quarters what it takes to replace it [the car]. What are you supposed to do? Drive three quarters of a car?” The logic is that someone can not replace a car for less than
The line between rational and irrational thought is often blurred for some more than others. Usually when we cross this line into irrational thought our brain will let us know that what we are doing isn’t within reason. While many believe that Christopher McCandless was crazy and his ideas were ludicrous; I believe that he saw the line between rational and irrational thought very clearly, and that all though some of his ideas may have seemed crazy to some, he carried them out in sane body and mind. Chris was an extremist, a radical youth with different ways of thinking, and often we as a society tend to identify someone as crazy when we cannot comprehend the reasoning behind why a person would do something. Chris was not crazy, but he was
During the 1980s, space exploration was a popular topic to watch, listen to, and learn about in American life. NASA had already sent a lot of missions to space, all reaching new milestones and increasing interest in space exploration. The Challenger, however, had a different mission than the rest. It was going to carry the first teacher, Christa McAuliffe, into space where she would teach two lessons. There were six other men and women on board the Challenger. At this time, space exploration was at its peak and all of America was following the space program. Throughout the day, most of the televisions in the nation were tuned to the Challenger launch. One minute and twelve seconds into the launch, the space shuttle exploded. Such a traumatic
My definition of rhetoric before the readings was simply: successful written or oral communication with a clear purpose & audience in mind. After completing the readings, I have decided that is not specific enough and does not encompass what rhetoric really is. The readings by Crusus, Channell, and Drucker helped establish a clear relationship between argument, “mature reasoning”, and communication as a mode used to communicate. Both of the readings provided a clearer understanding of argument and communication, key components to rhetoric, but did not change my definition until I read “The Rhetorical Situation” by Bitzer. The idea of a rhetorical situation, provided a clear application of the question: “What is rhetoric?” in a historical, realistic
In Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger appeals to his audience’s sense of emotions in order to persuade his readers that the obsession with high school football negatively affects everyone’s future in Odessa, Texas. Bissinger relies on emotional appeals by employing devices and techniques to present individuals’ personal stories and experiences. His searing portrayal of Odessa, and its Permian High School football team, exposes the side of sports that severely impacts the people living in this society. Bissinger shows the long term consequences of this delusion on the people who are directly and indirectly associated with Permian football. This demonstrate how detrimental the burdens are for the children, which touches the reader’s heart.
In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, there is a relationship unfolding, a complex relationship difficult to understand. The relationship is revealed by a conversation between a man and a woman, a topic of conversation that people rarely discussed in the period that the story was set. After researching interpretations, it is consistently said “She is pregnant, and he wants her to have an abortion” (Weeks 76), to which I agree that this conversation is about abortion. With the man seemingly pushing the topic and the girl hesitant and questionable, it is unsure as to the result of their conversation. However, it is my belief that she chose to follow her heart and not get the abortion.
“But he expressed nothing, as usual” (Virginian, 37). The stereotypical cowboy in a Western never lets his words flow. He keeps his sentences short and to the point, usually to show that he holds power over his acquaintances. However, cue a pretty woman, and all that may change. The Virginian matches this description perfectly whereas Jo struggles a bit.
Rodney Atkins’ hit song What I Love about the South says, “If you need a Dixie Fix just come on down,” How could you not want to just hop on a plane and go down south? That is exactly the response Rodney Atkins tries to get across in his song. This song is an amazing example of a rhetorical equilibrium; Rodney does a great job of persuading others to agree with him on his outlook about how great the south is. Rodney uses rhetorical appeal such as ethos logos and pathos, in his song What I Love about the South, to achieve a depiction of his opinion of what the south is like.
This action by the school board resulted in the demotion of the schools seasoned, Hall of Fame nominee; Bill Yoast (Caucasian). Coach Boone suggests to Yoast that he stay on as assistant head coach. Boone tells Yoast “I think it would go a long way to smooth things over” Yoast initially refuses but is humbled when his team communicates their plan to boycott the school if he can’t be their coach. What follows is a series of racially driven conflicts and it’s up to Boone to get them to see beyond race and work towards a common goal as a united team as they leave for football camp. Boone’s leadership throughout camp never waivers. He uses a series of skills to motivate the team and inspire the minds of his players.
Coach Boone’s methods are by no means for the faint of heart or the weak minded. An unbending drive for perfection is a load that few people have the mental fortitude to bear and Herman Boone makes it look easy. There are few things that motivate a person to hold onto a ball or to memorize their plays like the idea of running a mile after every small mistake. There are many who may believe that Coach Boone’s methods are too harsh, but those people probably have never been in a situation where they have actually needed to push themselves beyond their assumed braking point in order to succeed. For example, after participating in a sport like wrestling one begins to grasp the idea of putting the end goal if front of physical well being.
They were able to relate to the one inch at a time proposition of pulling together to come out of the disarray the team was in. They were touched by his honesty and openness in the beginning of his speech, which was an attention getter, then intrigued by the challenge to sacrifice for the team and fight for the inches need to win and survive. The coach ended the speech with a summation of the team fighting for that inch together and then concluded with the question, “…now, what are you gonna do”. The inspired team then went on, played with their heart, and won the football game.