The Rhetorical Analysis Of Obama's Speech By Barack Obama

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Every candidate puts an enormous amount of effort into influencing voters but most people might think it is not simple and rather impossible to persuade voters with a positive message. But Barack Obama may have actually succeeded with his persuasion, mostly by speaking with sincerity and hope. He has pursued the political strategy of hopefulness for over eight years that it feels almost authentic. What likely impressed the audience was his advanced use of metaphor. It is natural to talk about politics by means of dozens of common metaphors but usually we do not even realise how many metaphors appear in speeches. Obama repeats during his speech in Philadelphia that the United States have not yet been freed from discrimination and racism. Disproportions in housing, health care, employment, education—and myriad other cultural and societal conditions—can be traced directly to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery [BO1]. What mostly initiates economic disparities between white and black communities is the racism, especially with regard to differences in wealth accumulation. According to him, the original sin [BO1] of American society lies in slavery. Thus, Obama wants to describe the future endeavours to change the economic and social state of America’s affairs as the march […] for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous…show more content…
It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always a smooth path [BO3]. This idiomatic expression is meant to point out that the progress, which is promised by Obama, should definitely come as the history proves, but its appearance is not predictable. This process is not stable, but rather irregular and thus it occurs in fits and starts. Obama promises a wave of progress coming along with his
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