Rhetorical Analysis Of Barack Obama's Victory Speech

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Rhetorical Analysis of Obama’s Victory Speech

Barack Obama was re-elected as the president of the US on November 6, 2012 from Chicago, Illinois. This paper will throw light and analyse various elements Barrack Obama is using to portray his political ideology to audiences through his speech. I intend to focus on the rhetorical effects of the speech.

By using various form of rhetorical tools such as Tautology or Anaphora, President Obama gives a speech which focuses on the idea of American life such as the American dream, American promise and the future. His speech is similar to the one he gave in 2008 and contains repetition and conveys his political views. We notice how Obama opens his sentence with the same words such as: “We want”, “You’ll hear” and “That’s”. His speech is followed by the ideas about the USA, Americans or what the future holds for them. The first rhetorical device used by Barack Obama in his speech is an Anaphora. He starts his sentences with the same lines. This is a great way to make his statements.

Obama sets a logical argument when addressing the audience. He says this at the beginning of his speech.

“Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy… That won’t change after tonight, and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty.”

"Throughout our history, there was someone who said we cannot. I 'm here to tell
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