Rhetorical Analysis Of Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor uses rhetorical devices to help convey her message about her identity throughout her speech. Her message to express her identity is expressed well through her choice of repetition, pathos, and metaphors. Her repetition of the word Latina helps to remind the audience of who she is. The author used repetition of the word Latina throughout the speech to help convey her message. For example“It is what made me and what makes me the Latina that I am. The Latina side of my identity was forged and closely nurtured by my family”(Sotomayor 11-14). She references her Latina culture, which makes readers or listeners think about how the ongoing talk about her background and culture contributes to the importance of her and her speech. It makes the readers realize the importance of her being appointed to the supreme court. It's not just a normal person being appointed like any other time. It is history, the first-ever Latina justice of the supreme court. She didn't just use repetition she also used metaphors to help convey her message in her speech. …show more content…

“That tension between “the melting pot and the salad bowl” a recently popular metaphor used to describe New York’s diversity” (Sotomayor 74-78). She was using the melting pot, and the salad bowl to make listeners or readers think about how the metaphors relate to diversity in New York. The metaphors explain the diversity quite well. The salad bowl refers to how many different cultures can be integrated into one society like veggies in a salad. And the melting pot which means mostly the same thing where in a society many different types of people blend together as one. This metaphor is important because it shows how the diversity of New York can help show just how someone like Sonia was the first Latina on the supreme

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