• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

President Obamas use of rhetorical devices increased the effectiveness of his speech. He began his speech with an Asyndeton, a lack of conjunctions between phrases, clauses, or words, by saying, I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grat

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Barack Obama's Future On the 20th of January, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama, an African American, was inaugurated as president of the United States of America. That day not only brought joy to his family but also to each and every single American citizen who supported and voted for him. On that day, he gave out a speech that impacted the lives of those American citizens. His words inspired them to decide to change and repair the breaches of their own making by becoming responsible and no longer viewing other beings depending on their exterior image. His words brought sanity to America and allowed them to delete the words "racism", "demolishment", and "recklessness" from their vocabulary. Barack Obama's accurate use and persistent reference to Asyndeton, Anaphora, Polysyndeton, Ethos, Pathos, and Logos allowed his speech to triumph over the Americans' will to behave in a thoughtless manner in addition to impacting their perspective of the new generation. President Obama's use of rhetorical devices increased the effectiveness of his speech. He began his speech with an Asyndeton, a lack of conjunctions between phrases, clauses, or words, by saying, "I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you've bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors." In his introductory quote, he states that he is respectful towards the Americans' decision to inaugurate him as president, thankful for their belief in him, and aware of what past American legends have been through. ...read more.

Middle

Obama reuses Anaphora in the seventh paragraph of his speech by saying, "They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met." The word "they" implies to the challenges America is facing, and Obama repeats that word in order to make it clear to the spectators that their view of those challenges as simple and easy to surpass is wrong. He claims that there are several challenges that must be thought about seriously, for they cannot be overcome effortlessly or quickly. He, however, promises the ignorant Americans that these obstacles and challenges shall be triumphed over. Obama's use of Anaphora allowed him to gain the spectators' attention, for the repetition of the words "our" and "they" brought a certain rhythm to the speech. That rhythm made the speech less boring and showed the audience that what Obama is trying to fulfill for them is certain. The third rhetorical device that Obama persistently used was Polysyndeton, which is the deliberate and excessive use of conjunctions between successive phrases, words, or clauses. He began to use Polysyndeton in the eleventh paragraph by saying, "struggled and sacrificed and worked." Obama is referring to the hard working men and women who have had to suffer for their country and endure several obstacles. ...read more.

Conclusion

His use of these three appeals allowed him to gain the Americans' awareness of their arrogant behavior. He used Logos to give the citizens a vivid description of the reality they are living in and his opinion on the causes of the conditions they are enduring. He used Ethos in order to discredit the Americans by blaming them for causing a great deal of disruption in their country. Finally, he used Pathos to show the Americans how ruthless and dictatorial the past had been so that they can compare their society now to the previous one. These examples of rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos, and logos showed the Americans that Obama truly has a gift in effectively pointing out his notion and that he deserves to be considered as president of the United States. He has given the Americans hope that one day their dream of a peaceful and well rounded country will be granted. He has left them touched because of his cunning use of rhetorical devices, for they truly impact one's interior and give out the message conveyed in a stylistic way. They gave his speech rhythm so as not to bore the audience and allowed him to express his view on America's reckless behavior. His speech deliberately changed every hearer's perspective of the future, for it consisted of a constantly calm and self-confident mood that brought joy to each and every single citizen in the United States of America. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Obamas announcement for President

    4 star(s)

    examples are when he's about to finish his speech and says 'That beneath all the differences of race ans religion, faith and station, we are one people' - he gathers the receiver under the same values of good men and good americans.

  2. What are the consequences of societal multilingualism?

    The informal dialect/language that is used is Guarani, and is used amongst friends, servants and strangers that are poorly dressed and are of a lower social status to the speaker. It has also been found that it is used and mostly in casual situations such as when a person is telling a joke, or in a confessional environment.

  1. How does Arthur Miller use the character of Eddie to build tension in his ...

    Alfieri the Italian-American is true to his ethnic identity. He is well educated man, who respects the American law, but is still loyal to Italian customs. The play is told from the viewpoint of Alfieri. One day Eddie arrives home with the news that Beatrice's 2 cousins have landed in New York and they will arrive at the family's house at 10 o'clock.

  2. Rapport created in Chicago speech by Barack Obama

    It is evident that he wishes to be remembered throughout history not only as America's first black president but as someone who made "America ... change". This short sentence emphasises the fact that he would be a great president.

  1. Creative writing and commentary. It was the year 2015 and Earth was exploring ...

    Daniel looked at her "Yes, who is Ramani? Rachel blushed and had a huge grin on her face "It's just the boy who works in the shop" Brenda said "Yeah right, just the boy who works in the shop, more like the boy you like who works in the shop" Rachel went embarrassed "No!

  2. Language Investigation: Barack Obama Inaugural Address

    to other parts of his inaugural address or any of his other speeches Analysis Lexis: * Frequency of words Figure 1: The most commonly used words of Barack Obama. The larger the word, the more times they were used in his inaugural address.

  1. Analysis of the speech "A More Perfect Union" - Barack Obama

    which is based on finding the grounds of the speech, the claim and the warrant. In relations to the extract version of ?A More Perfect Union? the claim could be; ?You should vote for me as president.? The grounds could therefore be: ?Because I believe, we can create a more

  2. JFK Inaugural Speech Rhetorical Analysis

    He shares his youthful energy with the audience by encouraging change all around the world for better, which is only possible through the spread of democratic ideals. By making references to the founding fathers of America and using diction such as ?freedom? ?liberty? ?renewal? and ?heirs of the first revolution?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work