Rhetorical Analysis Of Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters

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Introduction The distinct purpose of the use of rhetoric is to persuade the audience. An excellent example of the use of rhetoric occurs in any politically charged situation, be it the presidential debate or the local municipality elections. In either context, the candidate must state their purpose in a manner that will bring the majority of people to their side. It is also a place where the opinions of members of the public can be heard and responded to. When a policy is brought to the public for feedback and support, two sides exist; for the policy or against it. Those on either side are given opportunities to use rhetorical devices to support their side. The subject of this analysis, Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters, uses a visual and verbal medium to try to persuade their opposition and bring awareness to their cause. The message conveyed is in opposition to a pipeline that endangers the BC coast and its inhabitants. The argumentative side’s use of multiple mediums enforces the message as effectively with the use of rhetorical devices. Analysis THE VISUAL PERSUASION…show more content…
The use of Raven, the Creator in the Haida indigenous communities as well as others communities, represents the authoritarian support that would appeal to other indigenous peoples or those knowledgeable about the spiritual background. A likely representation of Prime Minister Steven Harper uses his big name as a scapegoat, to assign blame to the necessary parties. Harper is also used to support the claim that the pipeline will cause more harm than good. His representation exemplifies the negative relationship the Haida people have had with the government in the past and present. It is obvious that it is meant to appeal to those who share the negative feelings towards Harper, but it could limit their outreach to those who support his Conservative
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