“Honey, you are changing that boy’s life.” A friend of Leigh Anne’s exclaimed. Leigh Anne grinned and said, “No, he’s changing mine.” This exchange of words comes from the film trailer of an award-winning film, The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock, released on November 20th, 2009. This film puts emphasis on a homeless, black teen, Michael Oher, who has had no stability or support in his life thus far. It is not until the Tuohy family adopts Michael, that he begins to realize what he is capable of as both a student and football player. There are various techniques used for capturing the attention of an audience as they are viewing a film or film trailer for the first time, and rhetorical appeals happens to be one of them. The appeals …show more content…
This particular rhetorical appeal is referred to as pathos. It is displayed multiple times throughout the trailer, but the one scene that most likely catches the audience’s eye first is the scene consisting of Michael walking on the side of the road one night in short sleeves and in below freezing weather. Mrs. Tuohy approaches him and ask him if he has anywhere to stay. Big Mike says he did, when in reality he really did not. This particular scene presented in the movie trailer allows for the audience to feel sympathy for Michael as he has nowhere to stay. According to Maier, “It is evident that the selection of shots from the film influences the viewer to adopt certain evaluative viewpoints in the first place” (Maier 166). The shot described near the beginning of the paragraph can cause viewers to pick or select a certain viewpoint regarding the situation in the shot. It may cause viewers to develop an opinion about the Tuohy family and their kind gesture or about Michael’s non-existent family and their unsupportive ways. These opinions or viewpoints can lead to emotions that are either heart-wrenching, because of the situation Michael is in, or have a power of hope, because of the welcoming arms of the Tuohy family. This scene/shot also helps relate and bring about the idea that you …show more content…
In the movie trailer, The Blind Side, there are multiple scenes involving some of the main characters where lessons are taught and realizations are made. Many of these scenes contain imagery that would make viewers want to tear up due to how thought out these very simple, yet powerful scenes are. For instance, near the middle of the film trailer, there is a scene that consist of Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mom of the family, showing Michael his new bedroom at their house. Leigh Anne tells Michael that he now has a bedroom of his own and Michael responds by saying that he has never had one. And Leigh Anne asks, “What a room to yourself?” And Michael says, “No, a bed.” When Michael responds with that simple three-word sentence, his facial expression portrays a sense of embarrassment. As Leigh Anne asked Michael the question about having a room to herself, she at first chuckled, but then her facial expression proceeded to take a three hundred and sixty degree turn when Michael said that he had never had his own bed. The change in her facial expression allows the audience to comprehend and paint an image in their head about what Michael’s home life looked like in the past. They may imagine Michael sleeping on the floor or on the side of the road. Not only did this scene have its own way of displaying imagery, but
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The film is effective in its appeals, as it elicits emotional reactions from viewers and encourages them to think about the themes presented. While the appeals may be effective for many, others may find the film's pacing or narrative structure less engaging, affecting their overall experience differently. The effectiveness of the appeals may also vary depending on individual viewers' backgrounds,
So far in AP Language and Composition, we have learned how to critically analyze texts using rhetorical and literary analysis. I feel comfortable with literary analysis because of how frequently and often I have been doing it in the past couple of years. Regarding rhetorical analysis we have learned diverse types of appeals used in rhetoric, appealing to a reader’s emotions using pathos, an ethical appeal using ethos, or appealing to a reader’s logic using logos. These skills and concepts are completely new to me and I am still beginning to understand how to use these appeals in my writing strategically. However, I feel more confident in finding these appeals in other rhetorical texts, including ads and speeches, because of how much practice
Appeals to: (Highlight one) Commentary (3+ Objective sentences that explain how the rhetorical strategy identified is used and an analysis how that strategy appeals to the audience. ) “I went to my grandmother. My lips moved to make a confession, but the words stuck in my throat” (Jacobs 87). Sentimental Appeals Pathos Logos Ethos In this section, the rhetorical strategy that is shown here is sentimental appeals.
Appeals to: (Highlight one) Commentary (3+ Objective sentences that explain how the rhetorical strategy identified is used and an analysis how that strategy appeals to the audience. ) “Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute” ( Douglass 62-63). Sentimental Appeals Pathos Logos Ethos
In “What We Are to Advertisers” and “Men’s Men and Women’s Women” both Twitchell and Craig reveal how advertisers utilize stereotypes to manipulate and persuade consumers into purchasing their products. Companies label their audience and advertise to them accordingly. Using reliable sources such as Stanford Research Institute, companies are able to use the data to their advantage to help market their products to a specific demographic. Craig and Twitchell give examples of this ploy in action by revealing how companies use “positioning” to advertise the same product to two demographics to earn more profit. Craig delves more into the advertisers ' plan by exposing the science behind commercials.
LeBron James uses all three of these appeals in his “I’m Coming Home” announcement. At the time, LeBron was playing for another team, the Miami Heat, and wanted to return to his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. In order to do it effectively he had to gain the trust of Northeast Ohio once again. He had previously left in such a way that he had lost a lot of fans’ trust in him. To save is career and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, James used the rhetorical appeals logos, pathos, and ethos.
One being pathos, which acts upon an individual's emotions and tends to evoke a sense of pity. Pathos was evident when Martin uttered “but more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” This demonstrates that Martin Luther King not only sympathized with them but is also going to do something about the situation at hand. In addition to pathos is usage of logos this rhetorical device was displayed when Martin Luther King presented a intricate explanation
Finally, pathos was another rhetorical technique where the ad appealed to the silliness of the intended audience.
Vaclav Havel wrote his essay “The power of the powerless” as a description and critique of the totalitarian communist government and its system. He states that Communism is different to the other types of dictatorship as it is alike a “secularized religion” rather than the usual dictatorship, which do not have any social of historical background and come to power just by the military power. He also described how the individuals are responsible for getting under the autocratic regime due to their agreement to live in a society of consumers, where the supplier is the government, expecting everyone to go with the strict order of life. In case those individuals decide to participate in that and “live within a lie”, they are bounded with the communism.
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.
President Obama 's speech to school children should go to school because it can benefit their future uses rhetorical appeals to help persuade the readers and schoolchildren. One example of a rhetorical appeal that Obama used to persuade his reader was pathos. Pathos can help persuade a claim because it can cause emotions in the reader and make them feel that they can do something about it. Obama uses is when he states that, “I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s had to endure all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him longer-hundreds of extra hours- to do his school work.
In “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, the author uses diction like abstract diction and details by explaining what he exactly wants in life to demonstrate Walter and his dream. To begin, Hansberry uses diction to demonstrate Walter and his dream by using abstract diction. She does this by explaining how he will give Travis anything for his seventeenth birthday and that he will “hand you the world!” (2.2). This shows that he wants to make his sons life as good as possible.
In this passage, Charlotte Perkins Gilman highlights the theme that women must use their intellect or go mad through the use of literary qualities and writing styles. Gilman also uses the use of capital letters to portray the decline in the narrators’ sanity. This shows the decline in the sanity of a person because the words in all-caps is shown as abrupt, loud remarks. Gilman uses this method multiple times in her short story and this method was used twice in this passage. When the narrator wrote, “LOOKING AT THE PAPER!”, the major decline in her mental health was shown.
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