Running Head:An Efficacious Speech by Bush
An Efficacious Speech by Bush Concerning the Sept. 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on America Ayşegül Altın
Self-Evaluation: This was the first time we have analyzed a politician’s speech. We believe that this writing assignment helped us to see what kind of rhetorical devices Bush used to make his speech effective. After this assignment of examining an impressive speech and writing a rhetorical analysis paper about the speech, we decided to use these beneficial rhetorical devices in our own writings and presentations to impress our readers and listeners. While analyzing the speech we realized the importance and power of both facts and emotional concepts as rhetorical tools, so, we decided to use these elements in our essays to convince our readers. We think that with the help of this assignment we will look at our future essays from a different point of view.
An Efficacious Speech by Bush Concerning the Sept. 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on America On September 20, 2001, President George W. Bush made a speech addressing to a Joint Session of Congress about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. This speech of Bush (2001) was far more important than the others because as we can understand from the statements such as moments of silence, tragedy, day of mourning, great cause, at the time of this speech America was in a chaotic situation. This speech was crucial for Bush to demonstrate that he was rolling a log for his respectable congressmen and citizens during these hard times. As a consequence, Bush found it necessary to console and encourage his citizens, and give hope for better days. When we take these factors into account, President George W. Bush was really effective in giving an inspirational speech to his congressmen and citizens as he united people of America as one to fight against their enemies and be strong for the better future of their country by...
...A Beautiful Piece Of Chalk
Analogy, contradiction, and irony are some of the important rhetorical methods that many authors use to portray their ideas. In “A Piece of Chalk” (1905), G.K. Chesterton demonstrates his adept writing ability in using those methods as a means of appeal to convey that everything is beautiful and valuable in its own way. His piece of writing not only exemplifies the use of contradiction, humor, analogy and metaphor, but also succeeds in using relevant support and evidence.
Initially, the first rhetorical technique that Chesterton uses is contradiction. We sometimes hold prejudiced views, along with implicitly wrong definitions, towards the world. The author first states the falsifications, and then contradicts them by describing the simple, pure, yet undeniable beauty of those notions. Chesterton says about the white color, “It is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black” (133). In the process, the author is able to make his points emphasized. Moreover, he notes in his essay that, “[v]irtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. Mercy does not mean not being cruel, or sparing people revenge or punishment; it means a plain and positive thing like the sun, which one has either seen or not seen” (Chesterton, 133). He continuously talks about the notion that...
Prejudice is an issue that has been around for hundreds of years. It has become a part of natural human behavior. Two sides divide prejudice at the present: one fighting to eradicate prejudice and the other in defending it and claiming it can be socially productive. Most people choose the side of eradicating prejudice from society, but Jonathan Rauch has chosen the side with less support. In his article, In Defense of Prejudice: Why Incendiary Speech Must Be Protected, he supports the intellectual pluralism opinion of how to make best of prejudice and rejects the purism view of trying to eradicate prejudice by using the rhetorical techniques of ethos, logos, and pathos rhetoric. Rauch explains that intellectual pluralism is the idea that society can make the best of prejudice if intellectual freedom, the progress of knowledge, the advancement of science, and all those good things are the goals of society. Purism is the antipluralsitic idea that “society cannot be just until the last trace of invidious prejudice is scrubbed away” (Rauch 3). Throughout the article, Rauch gets his thoughts across to the reader clearly by using rhetoric to capture his readers.
Logos rhetoric appeals to reason, rationality, and logic. Rauch’s use of logos is true to its definition. An example of logos in his article appears in the quote from David L. Hull, a philosopher of science; “One strength of science, is that it...
RhetoricalAnalysis of "The Shadow Scholar"
The prefix 'pseudo' seems to perfectly describe the character of Dave Tomar, known by all as Ed Dante (Dave Tomar is Dante's pseudonym). His article "The Shadow Scholar," which appeared in the chronicle review section of _The Chronicle of Higher Education_ on November 12, 2010, stirred controversy and a scare throughout the entire professional world. Doctors, educators, administrators, law officials, and all other professions of importance consequently came under the microscope. Dante has spent the course of a decade as a full-time ghostwriter who is paid to help students cheat as they achieve 'competency' in their chosen fields of study. This illegal, unethical behavior occurs rampantly and abundantly in and throughout the schools of those who are aiming to achieve their bachelor's degree, those who are aiming to achieve their master's degree, and those who are aiming to achieve their doctorate's degree in any and all fields of study. Dante claims to have written thesis papers for psychology, medical, and administrative post-graduate students, among countless others. The money is good for Dante, as it supports him with $66,000 per year. While Dante did agree to speak on behalf of his involvement in this ghostwriting industry, he did so with carefully planned strategies to conceal his true character until blowing his own cover at a specified time, which...
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AP English RhetoricalAnalysis Essay #3 Final Draft
Every individual has traditions passed down from their ancestors. This is important because it influences how families share their historical background to preserve certain values to teach succeeding generation. N. Scott Momaday has Native American roots inspiring him to write about his indigenous history and Maxine Hong Kingston, a first-generation Chinese American who was inspired by the struggles of her emigrant family. Kingston and Momaday manipulate language by using, metaphors, similes, and a unique style of writing to reflect on oral traditions. The purpose of Kingston’s passage is to reflect upon her ancestor’s mistake to establish her values as an American immigrant where as Momaday’s purpose is to remember his ancestry through his grandmother to remind future generations of their family’s traditions.
In The Way to Rainy Mountain, Momaday used a metaphor comparing his grandmother to the Rainy Mountain. For example, he writes that “[a]lthough my grandmother lived out her long life in the shadow of Rainy Mountain, the immense landscape of the continental interior lay like memory in her blood (Momaday 131). This metaphor compares the immense landscape of the Rainy Mountain’s continental interior to his grandmother’s memory instilled in her bloodstream. By using metaphors, Momaday reminds young individuals of their traditional life by comparing memories with the...
1. Identify the three elements of the rhetorical triangle.
a. Who is the speaker? (education, ethnicity, era, political persuasion, etc.)
b. Who is the audience?
c. What is the subject?
2. What is the author saying about the subject? What is his/her assertion?
3. What is the author’s attitude (tone) about the subject?
a. What specific word choice (diction) clues the reader in?
b. What figures of speech are used? Does the imagery/analogies/allusions conjure positive/negative/angry/melancholy/activist feelings in the reader?
c. What type of syntax is used? (short, abrupt, choppy; lengthy, thoughtful, questioning) Are there any rhetorical questions?
d. What kinds of rhetoric does the author employ? (ethos, pathos, logos, inductive/deductive reasoning, syllogisms)
You can hit all of these questions if you can remember the following acronyms:
(Author’s attitude evident through . . .)
Diction (Word Choice)
Figures of Speech
Rhetoric (identified as . . .)
For your Rhetoricalanalysis assignment, choose either the step-by-step OR acronyms method and answer all of the questions posed by that method. See the...
Ellen’s Commencement Speech RhetoricalAnalysis
Graduation caps fly into the air, cheers erupt, and diplomas are received. This is a typical graduation day. Not only did these ceremonial events take place for Tulane University's class of 2009, but Ellen DeGeneres was there to congratulate them as well! This class was dubbed the "Katrina Class" for being survivors of the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Katrina was named one of the deadliest Hurricanes, causing more than 1,836 deaths. Tulane University is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the most significant amount of deaths took place and 80 percent of the city was destroyed. These graduates have survived a lot, and Ellen wants to congratulate them on their achievements. In Ellen’s commencement speech to the Tulane University class of 2009, the use of rhetorical questions, allusions, metaphors, and hyperbole gives the graduates a time to reflect upon their years at the University, connecting with the speaker, and maintain a light the mood by the use of comedy.
The road to success for Ellen had a very tragic beginning. Her girlfriend was killed in a car accident and Ellen was living a meager life. She had many questions, but had nobody to ask. Ellen uses this anecdote to quickly explain a tragic event in her life. By letting the audience into a personal part of her life, she connects to them emotionally. This shows the audience that she is...
...Throughout this speech, Steve Jobs successfully convinces the multicultural graduate population at the Stanford University Commencement to be preeminent in life and to pursue their passions by relaying three personal stories in a symmetrical structure that enables pathos to be clearly developed.
In most of today’s arguments, facts are given to support a claim that is being made by someone; however, in Steve Jobs’ speech, he presents only his personal opinion and a little a bit of history as evidence. Even though this is all he has to offer to his audience, it creates rhetorical backing in his ethos. Through his stories, he creates a persona for himself. He makes himself seem like a person who carried on even in his darkest of times and also someone who had overcome the many obstacles he faced and when things did not look so dandy. While trying to teach the audience that failure can sometimes be right, these are important pieces of the persona that he will establish throughout his speech. He is known as a successful man and role model to many people in the world. While he develops this persona, it allows him to make a connection with his audience on a level way beyond what he expects. Jobs breaks it down into stories, but what he really wants the audience to see is that his life went okay, and then things took a wrong turn, and then everything began to brighten up and get a lot better. Things were better than he ever would have imagined. Throughout his...
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Rhetorical Modes Matrix
Rhetorical modes are methods for effectively communicating through language and writing. Complete the following chart to identify the purpose and structure of the various rhetorical modes used in academic writing. Provide at least two tips for writing each type of rhetorical device.
NOTE: You may not copy and paste anything directly from the textbook or a web site. All information included in this assignment must be written in your own words.
Purpose – Explain when or why each rhetorical mode is used.
Structure – Identify the organizational method that works best with each rhetorical mode.
Tips – Provide two tips for writing in each rhetorical mode.
The purpose of the narration is when the writer chooses to tell a story or different stories. The story can be factual or fictional. A factual story can be a biography and fictional can be an assortment of short stories that are made up. The writer also needs to make sure the audience is attached to the story emotionally.
The organizational methods for narration have many different parts. An introduction is thinking of what type story to write meaning factual or fictional. Make sure the story has a beginning, middle and end to keep the readers interested. Chronological order is arranging thoughts within...