Use of Rhetorical Appeals in “Duty,Honor, Country” The effectiveness of rhetorical devices is no better illustrated than in the essay “Duty, Honor, Country” by General Douglas MacArthur. Throughout this piece the tone and opinion is made clear without being heavy handed making the piece infinitely more relatable. MacArthur’s use of the socratic appeals(Ethos,Pathos and Logos), not only makes the reader contemplate what he is saying but how it is being said. Establishing one's own credibility is a challenge often faced by both speakers and writers.
Martin Luther King’s last speech was passionate, faith-filled, and moved the crowds. The original intention was to get support for a sanitation workers strike but the speech eventually turned into a speech of empowerment and a calling for unity among the black community to reach the promised land together as one unit. Although racial tension is still present today, Martin Luther King made great progress to unite the United States of America. But inequality still exist and the journey to the promise land continues
In President Bush’s address to the nation, he uses many rhetorical devices. A rhetorical device is a literary device that is used to persuade the audience to support the argument made. Bush’s address uses Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. They were invented and studied by the famous greek philosopher Aristotle. Ethos appeals to credibility, Logos appeals to logic or reason, and Pathos appeals to the audience’s feelings. They form a triangle consisting of the speaker, the message, and the audience.
J.F Kennedy, the president of United States wanted to put the first Americans to the moon-America exploring the moon, so he directed his speech to the people of taxes and Rice University to promote his space exploration program that will help America to be the first country to explore the moon. He believes that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. Throughout J.F Kennedy's speech, the speaker makes effective use of evidence, reasoning, rhetorical elements, and rhetorical devices that together form his argument to gain people support for his space exploration program.
A leader’s breaking point in battle is often when he surrenders. In this moving speech, Black Hawk reaches his breaking point. In 1832, Black Hawk had no choice but to surrender, and in his speech he detailed the history of lies and betrayals. Black Hawk uses his last strength of power to inspire his people to keep on fighting. In his speech, Black Hawk evokes emotion to unite the Indians and a shift in point of view to imply that now it’s their time to fight the battle.
Freedom Is Ringing We are inspired by great speeches because of the way they are rhetorically crafted to make us feel. The best speeches are not the ones that are informational, it’s the ones that tug at our heartstrings. John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, Martin L. King ’s I Have a Dream Speech, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms State of the Union Address use a variety of literary devices in their speech to motivate and cajole their audiences to defend our liberties.
Rugged men who fight willingly are those who the country and leaders rely heavily on for support and protection of the civilians. The army is built with these rugged men to insure that they will go to no end to save American’s lives. General Patton delivers a motivational speech to the members of his new army, subsequently informing them that the rumors that were spoken about him are clearly all false. Through vulgar diction, simple syntax, and self-appealing diction, Patton makes the army become successful and be united as one, in order to be able to restore the confidence and motivation of his army.
Karl Marlantes, in his book What it is Like to go to War argues that, “concepts of loyalty change…and warriors have to cope with that” (134). Marlantes supports this thesis by presenting a strong emotional appeal to the audience and supporting his appeal with ethos and logos. He mentions that he, “was facing a hard choice between duty and heart…as a unit or even ideals and loyalty to a person” (139). Marlantes uses ethos and pathos to connect the reader with sympathy and have credibility for being a part of a unit.
But not only does he use emotion, he also uses fact to prove his statements and points. One of the most powerful facts in this speech was “this note was a promise to all men, yes, even black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed “ undeniable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This fact is explaining how our founding fathers promised people of different color rights, but never received them, further proving King’s point. He also mentions the Emancipation Proclamation, a promise for freeing all slaves, issued by one of the greatest presidents this nation has ever had, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln being one of the greatest protesters and civil rights activists of his time, wanted a better life for the citizens of America, he made a promise and he kept that promise and freed all slaves held in the United States.
Just as his use of word choice does, King's use of juxtaposition also strongly supports his claim. King begins use of this rhetorical device by stating, “We watch black men fight for equality with white men, but then we realise they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago.” By saying this King lowers the counter arguments credibility. He is opening our eyes to the injustice present in the Vietnam War. King also uses juxtaposition to appeal to in this statement to appeal to pathos.
King relies on his audience’s positive emotions towards his stance to gain support for his argument. For example, King reaches to the audience when he states “ When will you be satisfied?” This question was in reference to the police brutality against African Americans. King then goes on to answer his own question by stating “ No, no we are no satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” King builds his case on emotion of the situation by signifying the importance of what independence should be and how black people should take a stand towards it.
King uses banking as an analogy to put emphasis on the lack of Civil Rights in America. He suggests that the “Bank of Justice,” (6) —the American government— has defaulted on the “promissory note” (4) — the Declaration of Independence — that was signed and would grant the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all men. In saying “America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’ ” (5) King further implies that African Americans have not received the equality that they were once promised. This also creates pathos, as it causes his audience to have a mild hatred for the government and think about the corruption that has taken place that has led them to cash — as King states
When you consider the thought of war what is the first thing that pops into your head? A few may conclude of the people fighting for our freedom. Others may envision of the happiness and joyful atmosphere after the war has ended. Some others may even try to grasp what may be happening during this conflict. The numerous people after the war were left homeless, starving, and victims of these hostilities. Various people were put into concentration, labor, or even death camps. People would not drive or walk on paths provided in fear of running into passing armies.
King’s speech is a powerful and it gives a different view to the war in Vietnam. King was against everything about war and what it mean. He was against the way America did not help the poor in its own country, but it aids a war that is causing many deaths and is ruining lives on both sides of the fight. King provided several steps in his speech that he though America should make to get out of the conflict. King wanted to speak for both sides and wanted to be speak for the rest of the people that was also against the violent