Often known as the Father of American Literature to many educated individuals, Ralph Waldo Emerson in his oration “The American Scholar” brilliantly provides a sublime example of how Emerson earned his title through the appliance of diction, syntax, allusions, and many other rhetorical devices and strategies. Indicated towards his highly educated audience, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Emerson introduces the idea that the common class and common concepts of everyday life are becoming the future of art and literature through purpose, credibility, and tone. As many great writers, Emerson does not simply tell about his idea, but instead uses rhetorical strategies to help show his central point, one such strategy being purpose. Being focused on informing his audience of the coming days, the use of purpose can be …show more content…
An example of this would be: “It is a great stride. It is a sign-is it not?” (Emerson, Pg. 393). Emerson influences the syntax of the first sentence in order to have its grasp his audience’s attention. It also provides sentence variety and compared to its long and wordy predecessors, such as the first sentence of that specific paragraph. The creation of a short sentence also creates a critical tone in which helps to capture the audience’s attention to the main idea. In the second sentence, Emerson includes a rhetorical sentence in order to create a more conversational piece of rhetoric to engage his audience. Another example of Emerson’s use of tone is contained in the sentence, “… let me see every trifle bristling with the polarity that ranges it instantly on an eternal law…” (Emerson, Pg. 393). In this statement, Emerson uses adjectives, such as “bristling” and also used advanced terminology, such as “polarity” to create an erudite tone, and would help support his central idea. The use of those terms would also help his overall
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--Daxter Miles Jr. scored 23 points as No. 10 West Virginia University defeated No. 24 Iowa State 87-76 on Senior Night in front of a sold out Coliseum crowd. With the victory, the Mountaineers (24-7, 12-6 Big 12) sealed the second seed in the Big 12 Tournament behind top-ranked Kansas. Nathan Adrian recorded 16 points and seven rebounds in his final home game. Jevon Carter had 13 points and eight boards. Elijah Macon added 10.
“The Cry of the Restrained” “The world did know and remained silent…I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” (Wiesel, Elie; “Hope, Despair and Memory”) This quote states, I shall not be silent and will rise up in any crisis to aid those in need; not aiding the oppressor(s). This speech demonstrates Wiesel’s point of view about human suffering and ideas to prevent or lessen the situation. And Wiesel achieves this via the use of third and first person and terminology.
During the 1980s, space exploration was a popular topic to watch, listen to, and learn about in American life. NASA had already sent a lot of missions to space, all reaching new milestones and increasing interest in space exploration. The Challenger, however, had a different mission than the rest. It was going to carry the first teacher, Christa McAuliffe, into space where she would teach two lessons. There were six other men and women on board the Challenger.
Summers has such an affection for Emerson 's writings because it showed her that writing is a process of creating new ideas, rather than recycling old ones. Summers uses the image
Job declares this after Eliphaz has accused him of being wicked a second time. Eliphaz believes Job is not as wise as he appears, since he limits his wisdom to himself and does not listen to the wisdom of others. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar have already accused Job of being wicked in the first cycle of speeches, and now the second cycle in “The Great Debate” has begun. Nevertheless, Job responds to Eliphaz’s accusations by calling his friends “sorry comforters” (Job 16:2) and declaring that his “friends are my scoffers” (Job 16:20). Job continues in his speech testifying that, although he is being accused of being wicked, his “prayer is pure” (Job 16:17), and he has not done any wrong.
In his powerful Phi Beta Kappa address presented at Harvard, “The American Scholar”, Ralph Waldo Emerson asserts, “The scholar of the first age received into him the world around: brooded thereon; gave it a new arrangement of his own mind, and uttered it again. . . . It can stand, and it can go” (Emerson 1). By this quote, it can be easily interpreted that Emerson has a passion for writing and books as he speaks his beliefs. In fact, Emerson incorporates many of his beliefs throughout his speech, from unity in writing and society to the practice of new philosophies being formed in every generation. Emerson utilizes the rhetorical appeal of diction and the rhetorical fallacy of loaded words throughout his speech in order to depict his beliefs on
Activity theory, as interpreted by Ph.D. candidates, Wardle and Kain, is a process that attempts to see all aspects of activity such as social interactions and use of writing and language to achieve goals. This theory is award winning. Activity theory states that for a system to be effective, the rules, community, subject, division of labor, and motives must be reasonable. These components are shown through the chosen tool of communication most often. When one area of the system is corrupted, the tool will no longer function correctly in order to communicate or achieve its goals.
Near the beginning of his renowned essay, "Civil Disobedience," Henry David Thoreau appeals to his fellow citizens when he says, "...I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. " This request serves as a starting point from which the rest of "Civil Disobedience" emerges. Thoreau 's essay is particularly compelling because of its incorporation of rhetorical strategies, including the use of logos, ethos, pathos, purposive discourse, rhetorical competence and identification. I will demonstrate how each of these rhetorical techniques benefit Thoreau 's persuasive argument. Thoreau uses logos throughout his essay to strengthen his argument with reasoning.
Past leaders such as Andrew Jackson, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Marc Antony are evidence that society does not reward morality and good character in leadership. Society is drawn to leaders that have good rhetoric, propaganda, and charismatic personalities, and society supports them despite their immorality. Society is concerned about stability more than the morality of their leaders and will support immoral leaders in times of crisis to provide stability. In history there have been multiple leaders that have used rhetoric, propaganda and charismatic personalities to gain power, despite their morals.
One instance of Emerson’s parallelism is the first sentence of his second paragraph: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till” (Emerson 2). The various clauses in the sentence have the same rhythm, thus creating parallelism. Using the parallelism to give his writing rhythm and flow, Emerson creates a scholarly, academic feel in this piece. Similarly, Emerson uses many compound and complex sentence structures throughout the piece, such as “Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much impression on him, and another none” (Emerson 2). He uses this advanced syntax in order to give his sentences an air of sophistication, making him sound educated and intelligent.
Emerson’s goal with this essay is to show that rarely does a thing like true originality exist. He states that “All minds quote" and that creativity is actually appropriation of prior experience, words, or ideas. Even writing and ideas work in cycles; therefore, even great philosophers gained their ideas from somewhere. We quote and fill in with our own voice the gaps of thought. Writing is like a the process of consumerism: there is lending, borrowing, consuming, production from goods.
The United States is made up of some of the most diverse and interesting cultures in the world. Jamila Lyiscott proves this by showing her different dialects and how they are all equally important. Lyiscott believes that the way she speaks towards her parents, towards her friends, and towards her colleagues are all one in the same. Throughout the entirety of her speech, Lyiscott changes up her vocal patterns and dialects so that the audience can understand first hand what each of these dialects are. When she talks about her father, Lyiscott uses her native tongue, when she talks to her fellow neighbors and close friends she switches it up to a more urbanized dialect, and when she is in school she masks the other two dialects with a professional sounding language.
As the audience can see, Emerson ends these three paragraphs with this metaphor to ultimately instill self-assurance within the people and leave them with confidence. Overall, Ralph Waldo Emerson uses many rhetorical strategies to allow his audience to hear his passionate views on individuality. The allusions, the anaphora, and the metaphor give the audience three impactful men to admire, a steady beat with emphasis to follow throughout the piece, and a lasting self-confidence triggered
Mark Twain, an 18th century humorist, was known for his critical and satirical writing. In one of his most famous essays, “ Fenimore Coopers Literary Offenses” Twain addresses Coopers inability to realistically develop a “situation” and his failure to effectively back up his stories in order for them to be more plausible. To dramatically convey his unimpressed and sarcastic attitude, he applies biting diction, metaphors and hypophora throughout this work . By continuously using biting diction, Twain develops a mocking tone towards Fenimore Cooper’s incapability to create even the simplest of storylines. In the title of the work a sarcastic tone is evident; the word choice is utilized to reinforce the argument stating how Coopers work is an offense to the world of literature.