Rhetorical Devices In Speech

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Throughout the speech the rhetorical devices that were most present were ethos, parallel structure, and hypophora. The author begins the essay by using ethos. She notes that majority of the students for whom the speech is for are current and past student of hers. Giving her credibility to address them since she once taught them. Another example of ethos is found closer to the end of the speech in which she reminisces on meeting some of the students as freshman and they joy she has at being able to have watch them grow over the course of their high school years with caressing works such as”, and I must say that it is truly a joy to watch and experience you become powerful forces of nature right before our eyes. “She then continues the passage…show more content…
The first logos only used once was with the common phrase “actions speak louder than words,” which was followed by an hypophora so the rhetor can still have an active voice. Logos deals with common sense in which a person can promise you the world but until these actions are proven true their words mean nothing. Following logos within the next paragraph was an example of personification. The author uses this device to literally bring life or flavor to the speech to keep it entertaining to the crowd. With phrases as “Our word longs for leaders,” or “, the word “practices” leaps off of the page and yearns to be heard.” It not only revamps the essay but also demonstrates the authors enthusiasm for the topic for her vibrant diction or word choice. The last rhetorical device in the speech was allusion. Bell refers to a letter that all previous and current students have read before for the same purpose as this essay to discuss the rhetorical devices the author used towards his son. Ironically Chesterfield as well as Bell is listing characteristics the son should take with him on his journey to manhood or recall from his father’s instilment of them within the boy throughout his
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