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Rhetorical analysis of Presidential Speeches

Being an American can be defined in numerous ways, one of which is through analyzing the speeches of prominent American presidents and speakers. The evolution of public policy also follows the shifting opinions or focus of these speeches. Placing special focus on typical Greek rhetoric, Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech defines the American people as united for a common, unified cause, while George Bush, in his “Address to the Joint Sessions of Congress and the American People” defines Americans as a brave and united people ready to sacrifice for each another in times of adverse conditions. Although all three mentioned speeches do so in different ways, the speeches use the Greek philosophies of logos, kairos, pathos, and ethos.

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Rhetorical analysis of President Obama’s speech at Sandy Hook School.

Introduction

President Obama in his speech with regard to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School at Newtown Connecticut tried to lift the spirits and hearts of those who lost their dear ones. With his remarks and solace he tried to provide a brief relief to the families and people of Newtown. He stood with the families of victims and people of Newtown by stating that “You are not alone in your grief”. He challenged the audience to gather as one nation for ensuring the safety of each child. For achieving his purpose through out the speech the President used various rhetorical devices like word diction, images, humor, repetition, logos, pathos and egos. This paper analyses the speech of the President Obama on the basis of Lloyd Bitzer’s rhetorical situation.

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Rhetorical analysis of Presidential Speeches

Being an American can be defined in numerous ways, one of which is through analyzing the speeches of prominent American presidents and speakers. The evolution of public policy also follows the shifting opinions or focus of these speeches. Placing special focus on typical Greek rhetoric, Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech defines the American people as united for a common, unified cause, while George Bush, in his “Address to the Joint Sessions of Congress and the American People” defines Americans as a brave and united people ready to sacrifice for each another in times of adverse conditions. Although all three mentioned speeches do so in different ways, the speeches use the Greek philosophies of logos, kairos, pathos, and ethos.