The Black Angel Rhetorical Analysis

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Discussion of Rhetorical Techniques Before doing this Iowa Narrative Project, I have never heard about the Black Angel before. It was come up by one of my teammates in class after the professor had announced the project. When I first heard the name of “The Black Angel”, I thought it was just a legend instead of a public space. After understanding some brief information about “the Black Angel” from my teammates and searching the stories behind the statue through the Internet, I found it was actually a very interesting topic with lots of murky myths around it waiting for us to examine. We then quickly came to an agreement on the “Black Angel” topic and started to divide the work. According to the myths, people who dare to touch the statue are…show more content…
We got the approval of recording the interview from the interviewees, and started to interview three people who have touched the “Black Angel” before around us. We asked some basic questions, including the reason, time, feelings, consequences of touching the statue, and theirs attitudes about those murky myths. The records we used in the presentation were original that could show the most real attitudes and thoughts of those interviewees. We used the rhetorical method of pathos, which “is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response (your dictionary).” to appeal our audience here: letting the audience listen to the interviewees’ own experience and feelings. The consequences are that those myths didn’t happen on the interviewees even if they touched “The Black Angel”, and they are still alive and being healthy. Besides, in the podcast, we added the information we searched on the reliable web pages to make our statement more credible. This was a usage of ethos to show the credibility. In the power point, the usage of visual signs with citation was also an important rhetorical appeals. By showing the real images of “The Black Angel”, the audience could better feel the subject we talked about and trusted our thesis statements. In addition, we employed the T-chart to compare the myths and the facts in order to let the audience get a better
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