Rhetorical Analysis Of Macbeth By Michael Mack

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Shakespeare, also known as the “Bard of Avon” (the nickname was provided by wikipedia), is one of the most famous and influential authors of english literature. In September 2008, at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Michael Mack (a professor) presented his opinion on the value of reading Shakespeare as a speech to college freshman. While presenting his opinion, Mack makes a compelling argument that even though reading Shakespeare is hard, it is worth it in the end and not only is it as important as other courses you may take in college but you will also gain something from it. His use of rhetorical devices and claims helps him support his argument. The first technique that Mack uses to advance his argument is his use of claims. Within his speech, Mack states …show more content…

To strengthen his argument, Mack could’ve explained Shakespeare much better at points in his speech so his audience could understand his reasoning a lot better. Mack makes a reference to Macbeth, in which he says that “In the case of Macbeth, we have a supreme reflection of ambition…Either you don't understand the true nature of Macbeth’s ambition or you don't know yourself.” (Lines 85-91). Mack refers to Macbeth as it everyone in his audience has read it. Only the people who have read Macbeth will understand the example he is trying to make, which doesn't make it a very good claim to use in his argument. In conclusion, Michael Mack formed a very well and effective argument that even though it may seem like Shakespeare is hard to understand on your first read and not worth your time, it is worth reading and you can gain something from reading it. As Mack said, within his speech it will help you understand life better and although it may seem complex at first, you will enjoy it if you give it a chance. It can even give you a new perspective on life, a vicarious feeling, and can prepare you for real world

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