War is the Only Answer
Like most Americans my age, I can vividly remember the morning America was attacked on September 11, 2001. I can still piece together the disturbing television images, the terrified look on my teacher’s face as she told the class what had happened, and the memory of seeing my father cry for the first time. I remember watching George Bush’s speech following the attacks with my family, but I was too young to truly understand it at the time. When I recently read and watched the speech, I was reminded just how powerful and emotional his speech actually was. Bush’s intended audience was not only the U.S. Congress and the American people, but also America’s allies and enemies. When Bush delivered his speech nine days after the attacks, the entire nation was furious and confused. The majority of the world watched Bush give the speech to find out details on who was responsible for the attacks and what actions the U.S. would take. Bush used strong pathos and logos in his arguments in order to draw out the emotions of his audience and to successfully pull the United States and its allies together and inform the world that the United States’ response to terrorism would be a War on Terror. This message was accepted by most people in the United States primarily because Bush managed to make retaliation with military force sound like the only logical response.
The majority of the speech was directed at Americans; however, the intended audience was a much, much larger group. Bush invited other countries into the audience with statements such as, “And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support. America will never forget the sounds of our National Anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris, and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate” (Bush 2). By sounding friendly and appreciative towards our allies, he increased the likelihood of world-wide support. Bush makes it clear that he will...
...addressed Congress with an impromptu State of the Union address. In this oration, Bush uses excessive amounts of pathos, which, when combined with multiple anaphoras and an urgently imperative tone, creates a product that reaches out to the American people as a whole in a call for not only remembrance, but action.
With America still reeling from the demolition of the Twin Towers, George W. Bush presented his information in a well-organized style that was punctuated with questions and answers. This served to give the President a more conversational tone, and made the tense audience much more relaxed. Many of the congressmen, indeed, much of the American people, had the same questions that Bush brought forward, and they clung to his every word in the hopes of shedding light upon the mystery of 9/11. The questions were well chosen, as they allowed the President to steer the speech in a direction that would justify immediate action, as apposed to a more reserved, cautious approach.
Bush incriminated bin Laden and his cohorts of Al-Qaeda, and gave some statistics about the fatalities of the act of terrorism. These numbers had a dual purpose. The first, and most obvious, was the simple dissemination of information to the American public. The other, which would help Bush himself, was to evoke feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and most importantly horror in the common man. Once the average citizen was won over, usually using pathos, it would be a simple...
Abraham Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural Address” and Emily Dickinson’s “Success is Counted Sweet,” are two inspirational pieces of art that fall under two different types of discourses. The “Second Inaugural Address,” is a great example and definition of what Rhetoric is. It encompasses all four resources of languages- argument, appeal, arrangement, and artistic devices. “Success is Counted Sweet,” doesn’t cover the four resources of language that apply to rhetoric; therefore, it is categorized as a poem.
According to the chapter, “rhetoric addresses unresolved issues that do not dictate a particular outcome and in the process it engages our value commitments.” (15). We see how Lincoln’s inaugural speech tries to engage in the values of the people as he brings up the main issue that has effected the country, the Civil War. During the time of Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural Address,” he was facing a divided nation in the midst of a civil war. Lincoln built an argument within his speech with a goal set in mind: To establish a common ground or compromise between the North and the South.
Lincoln only hopes to change the outcome of the nation by stating, “with high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.” This shows that the unresolved issue has no dictated outcome, but he can only hope for a better future for the nation.
A great rhetoric calls people to action and Abraham...
...RhetoricalAnalysis on Ronald Reagan’s “Challenger” Speech
While in the Oval Office of the White house, on January 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan delivered his speech about The Challenger Disaster. The speech was made just hours after space shuttle “Challenger” exploded during take-off, killing all seven crew members on board. Thousands witnessed this horrifying event live in person and on television. A big factor about this launch, making the explosion an even worse disaster was the fact that this mission was very unique. For the first time, NASA allowed a civilian to be allowed in space during a mission. She was aboard The Challenger as an observer in the NASA Teacher in Space Program. Ironically, nineteen years before this disaster, three astronauts were tragically lost in an accident on the ground. President Reagan remembers those astronauts that were lost not only the day of the disaster, but also those who were lost nineteen years before. He conducts this speech not only to mourn the death of The Challenger astronauts, but for the families and those who were impacted from this event. He especially calls out to the schoolchildren of America who were watching this event live as the shuttle took off. As the President of the United States, Reagan earned the nickname "The Great Communicator" due to his ability to convey his beliefs concerning economic and domestic policies to the...
...Analysis of Obama's victory speech
Obama's victory speech is a speech that the democrat Barack Obama held in his hometown Chicago, after being elected for president on November 4th, 2012. Chicago is where he in 2008 won his first presidential election.
When taking a starting point in the pentagon model, we know that a text (in this case a speech) is always centered around an intention of the writer/speaker and is always dependent on the interrelationship between the topic, the writer, the reader/audience, the circumstances and the language. The topic of the speech is the election, the political campaign, the American people and the hopes for the future of the United States. The audience is primarily Obama's supporters, but also the rest of America and in fact, the whole world.
Barack Obama starts by thanking the audience. Three times, at a matter of fact. That is because of the loud cheering, but also to underline his thanks. Then he speaks of how the nation is moving forward, and here he uses pathos and speaks to the patriotism in the Americans. This evokes positive feelings about the situation and towards the speech and speaker. He could easily leave out “more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny,” in the second line and “the American people” in the third paragraph. These are called pleonasms. Pathos is the most commonly used...
Feb. 4, 2013
Pithy Persuasiveness in a Letter Abroad
President George Bush’s letter to President Saddam Hussein is a convincing segment intended to persuade Hussein to remove his forces from Kuwait before conflict ensues. Some critical readers believe that Bush does not provide a rational argument, but this paper is taking the standpoint that Bush not only is rational, but cogent. President George Bush is able to effectively convey his forceful message to President Saddam Hussein, expressing that Iraq must leave Kuwait through the use of establishing credibility, strength, repetition, and persuasive appeals by explaining that the world will not tolerate war and violence any longer.
Bush’s letter was sent to Iraq with the purpose of reaching his primary audience of President Saddam Hussein. Hussein has a set of beliefs that differ from the rest of the world and as a result, he feels that he has the power to do what he wants. This can be assumed based on the fact that Hussein felt compelled to enter Kuwait, an ally of the United States and its coalition partners, in the first place. This act shows his fearlessness. This letter was meant for Hussein, as it was sent to him and his people directly, but there are a couple secondary audiences that can be deduced from the text. The people of the United States, who will ultimately judge President George Bush for this letter, were taken...
5 November 2012
Women’s Right Are Human Rights: A RhetoricalAnalysis
Several decades ago, the global women’s rights treaty was ratified by a majority of the world’s nation. Despite its many successes in advancing and empowering women in relation to women’s rights, poverty, decision-making, violence against women, and other numerous issues actually still exist in all aspects of women’s life. Therefore, the 4th World Conference on Women with its unique slogan “Action for Equality, Development, and Peace” was held in Beijing, China from the 4th to the 15th of September 1995 with participation of international delegates from more than 180 countries including the United States of America ("Beijing Women's Conference”). This conference was prepared in order to advance the goals of equality, development, and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of all humanity. Proudly, the First Lady of the United States of America, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton took to the podium at this conference to speak up in order to achieve greater equality and opportunity for women all around the world (“Hillary Clinton Biography”). As an American, Clinton addressed problems that every country, including the United States of America, faced regarding the liberties of women, and why it was important that women should receive freedoms and allow their voice to be heard. In her speech, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights,”...
...all the rest. Rhetoricians create an author’s idea, their own unique perception of reality, for a vast and diverse viewing audience.
The Kings Speech is a movie about talking, and the importance of talking well. The way humans communicate is really the most important challenge we face in our everyday lives. Speaking is hugely important on an intimate, personal level; when the task is to interact with one person. But a leader of a nation has to address all of his subjects, which requires that leader to be able to speak eloquently in a dramatic political context. As Bertie so finely delivers his lines in the closing moments, as King George VI is about to first address his subjects with war on the horizon: “The Nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I cannot speak.” This superb film is about a person finding his voice, finding that he can speak. The Duke of York, later King George V, a.k.a Bertie is a perfect example of a leader; he has it all except for one thing – he lacks delivery skills. The hero has a single problem, the conflict that needs resolving; any intelligent viewer will keep their eyes on that detail through the entire plot. A well-written story will gradually reveal information, leaving the audience with a thirst to know if and how this issue will be solved. What makes the King’s battle with speech even more powerful is that this specific detail is not only about a speaking impediment that can be a burden to...
... September 20th, President George W. Bush gave this much-anticipated speech before a Joint Session of Congress, outlining America's reaction to the unprecedented attack against its people. |
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Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:
In the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is needed. It has already been delivered by the American people.
We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight?
We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion.
We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.
My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of our Union, and it is strong.
Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
I thank the...