Rhetorical Devices In President Trump's Speech

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President Obama’s “Statement on the Orlando, Florida Shooting” and President Trump’s “Remarks on Las Vegas Shooting” were the speeches that were analyzed. The purpose of these speeches were to call attention to the terrible massacres that occurred in the U.S. The devices found in the two speeches were allusion, anaphora, kairos, repetition, and metaphor. The two speeches contained similar devices, such as repetition and anaphora, however President Trump used metaphor and the persuasive appeal, Pathos, in order to get his point across and President Obama used allusion and kairos in order to get his point across. The purpose of President Obama’s speech was to acknowledge a shooting in a club in Orlando, Florida. In President Obama’s “Statement on Orlando, Florida Shooting”, he uses more repetition than in President Trump’s speech. Repetition is used to emphasize a certain word, phrase, or sentence in the text. An example of repetition would be in paragraph 1: “...in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.” In this phrase, he says the word “in” three consecutive times. Another example of repetition…show more content…
In President Trump’s “Remarks on Las Vegas Shooting”, he used the rhetorical device, metaphor, as opposed to President Obama. An example of metaphor would be: “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence.” Unities and bonds are not necessarily things that can be seen by the naked eye that can be shattered or broken. President Trump uses the appeal of Pathos in his speech more than President Obama. The lines in President Trump’s speech: “We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims, we are praying for you, and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.” is an example of Pathos because he is sympathizing with the families of the
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