Beth examined the figurative language and rhetorical devices Obama used, the structure of his speeches, and his style and tone towards different audiences.
His speech was rich in rhetorical devices. All his favourite oratorical devices were on display, and all at once, as if someone had knocked a candle into the firework box. At a sentence-by-sentence level, it was filled with a device to which Obama is practically addicted: That is, never say one thing when you can inflate the sentence with two: At the larger level of organisation we were seeing some other old favourites — in particular anaphora, where a phrase is repeated at the beginning of successive sentences.
This speech was an anaphoric relay race: Also on show was his nifty way of shifting timescale, zipping between the grand sweep of history and the individual moment.
As far as the ethos appeal goes — that is, the way an orator positions himself with the audience — Obama stuck to what he does best: The former was accomplished by what may have been his number one soundbite: If Cornel West, a distinguished professor of African-American studies and what you might call a critical friend, now thinks Obama is milking it a bit, watch out.
His hissingly alliterative line about "Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall […] all those men and women, sung and unsung" also, be it noted, instances of tricolon, polysyndeton and antithesis is another near-on self-quotation. Obama loves placenames that alliterate he once managed to get "Boston" and "Beijing", "Arctic" and "Atlantic" and "Kansas" and "Kenya" into a single sentence.
One slight surprise is that this speech made quite so free with the high style, given that attacks on the windiness of his oratory have been consistent and effective. Yes, it was slick, in places moving, and politically flinty. But I found it hard to agree with Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia, who thought it stronger and "better written" than the one four years ago.
That first inaugural was downbeat to a purpose, managing expectations and reaching across the floor after a triumphal election night speech. Sometimes, too, he crossed the line from the poetic into the merely cliched: Come on, Barry, one wants to say. Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama Profile Topics.Barack Obama vowed to a study on the rhetorical devices of president barack obama get Osama A an analysis of the battle of algers Critical Analysis of Barack Obamas The issue of principality in the crito by plato Rhetorical Strategies 33 A Critical Analysis of Barack Obamas Rhetorical Strategies: Rethinking the Rhetorical Presidency Rhetorical Analysis: Obama Speech On February Rhetorical Analysis of President Obama 4 form of action that is endemic to political and social life.” (p.
) The rhetorical presidency has embedded itself in American politics and does not seem to be going anywhere soon. On November 6th, , Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the U.S. The following day, Barack Obama held his victory speech. This paper will analyze and comment on an excerpt of that particular victory speech and the key focus of the analysis will be on the rhetorical effects of the speech.
Barack Obama took his oath as the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20 of this year, during the Presidential Inauguration at the U. S. Capital Building in Washington, D. C. Nov 09, · This video is part one of two looking at rhetorical devices in Obama's victory speech.
Rhetoric is the study of opposing arguments, misunderstanding, and miscommunication. Barack Obama’s speech echoes the rhetorical concepts of ethos, pathos, and logos that are explicitly discussed within Aristotle’s The Rhetoric.
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