Rhetorical Analysis Of The Red Maple Leaf

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February 15th, 1965 marked the milestone of Canada officially adopting the Red Maple Leaf flag. After six months of debating, separating the parliament into two, and hundreds of flags submission, Lester B. Pearson determined that the Red Maple Leaf would be Canada’s new flag, which is still is to this day. Furthermore, Pearson understands that “many in this country who regret the replacement of the Red Ensign by the Red Maple Leaf”. his speech was directed to the ones concerned about the change. Pearson’s speech was very effective to persuade Canadians that were skeptical and uneased by the decision to switch from the Red Ensign to the Red Maple Leaf. Pearson used though provoking, and emotional statements using Pathos appeal, there was a great …show more content…

The good use of information and Logos appeal enhanced the speech’s persuasion immensely. Seemingly, not all Canadians will agree with Pearson’s opinion on the flag decision, that is why the use and integration of Logos benefited the Speech’s argument. One example of Logos in Pearson’s speech is when he states, “As the symbol of a new chapter in our national story, our Maple Leaf Flag will become a symbol of that unity in our country without which one cannot grow in strength and purpose; the unity that encourages the equal partnership of two peoples on which this Confederation was founded; the unity also that recognizes the contributions and the cultures of many other races”. Pearson’s reasoning for adopting the Maple Leaf flag is that it symbolizes the unity between Canadians which is the foundation of the Canadian Confederation. Likewise, the use of rhetorical devices in Lester B. Pearson’s speech brought further emotions and effectiveness of the speaker’s argument. The effective use of hyperbole in Pearson’s speech benefitted his

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