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A Rhetoric Analysis Of Charles Manson's Speech

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It 's not easy being a cult leader. Having the ability to sway and entire audience is a difficult task that most are unable accomplish. For a Demagogue however, this task is simple. Demagogues have the ability to persuade an audience by using stereotyping and taking away the voices and democracy of their followers. Through Patricia Roberts-Miller 's lens, we get an inside look on the strategies that demagogues use to persuade their audience. While demagogues have a tendency to be primarily politicians, some are not. Charles Manson is an example of a demagogue who used his speeches to create a large, cult following. Manson developed a following with his "helter skelter" cult which focused on racial tension between blacks and whites. Through the specific lens of Roberts Miller and his personal definition of demagoguery, Charles Manson uses the specific traits of a demagogue in his speech to the court such as in-group and outgroup, God and Devil terms, and Denial of Responsibility. In this paper I will be using the lens of Roberts-Miller to analyze the demagogic elements of Charles Manson 's speech, including in-group/outgroup, god/devil terms, motivism and denial of responsibility Patricia Roberts-Miller is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing…show more content…
Motivism is determining the rightness or wrongness of an action based on the motive for said action. The motive for Manson 's actions stems from his hatred and lack of understanding of society, saying "I look at the things that you do, and I don 't understand" (Manson). By saying this Manson is sharing with the court that his ruthless killings are a direct reflection of what is wrong with society. This strategy can be somewhat convincing, showing that the way you act can be a reflection of the interactions that you have with people in society. Manson used this strategy to distract the court from his wrong doings and focus more on the issues in our
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