Speech Ethos Pathos Logos

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It was August 29, 2005. A massive hurricane hit the gulf coast of the United States. There were 1,836 people killed. At least 70,000 people were rescued. The people of Louisiana needed hope that their lives would be rebuilt, so as governor, Kathleen Blanco gave an inspirational speech called the “Address to a Joint Session of the Louisiana State Legislature. This speech was presented to the Legislation to demand that New Orleans would be rebuilt and to prove that the people affected by the tragedy would fight through the challenge. Blanco thanked the assistance of everyone during the horrific event, such as, law enforcement and first responders. The speech was very powerful because of Blanco’s use of rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos, and logos. The speech’s strength evolves around the pathos and ethos used in it. For example, Blanco states, “As your Governor...” This represents the fact that Blanco was in charge and was credible, which is a representation of ethos. Pathos is used in the speech when Blanco states, “We are brave. We are resilient. And we will prevail.” This statement consists of an abundance of emotion because it proves that the people of Louisiana are strong and will get over …show more content…

For instance, Blanco declares, “To anyone who even suggests that this great city should not be rebuilt, hear this and hear it well: We will rebuild.” The statement proves that the city will be rebuilt and that Blanco will try her best to see it happen. “We rebuilt San Francisco after the earthquake. And we are rebuilding New York City after 9/11. We will rebuild New Orleans,” this is another quotation of logos because Blanco uses logic, such as, past events to prove that we should reconstruct our damaged cities. Devices other that pathos, ethos, and logos are used to make the speech impressive, such as, rhetorical

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