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Analysing Barack Obamas Election Victory Speech

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´╗┐Analysing Barack Obama?s Election Victory Speech Barack Obama is a very successful speaker, and uses a variety of methods to captivate the audience and make his message clear to everyone. From the introduction of the speech we can clearly see that the tone of the speech is inspirational. The speech is about change and reaching towards unity and a better future for America. As we can see from his opening sentence (?This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations?), we see that Obama is clearly referring to the fact that he had made history by becoming the first black president. However, the way that he breezes past this achievement shows that he does not believe that believe this is an important fact. The reference to the future shows he hopes that his achievements will be remembered in the future, not his race. Very soon into the speech he uses an anecdote (?But one that?s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta?) ...read more.

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Tripling is very effective here and creates a sense of progression through the history of America. The use of the ?buses in Montgomery? is reminiscent of Martin Luther King?s Speech, and relates to a darker time in American history. He moves on to say how he will move on, emphasising the fact he wants to help America through the current economic dark time. Through the speech we see that Obama only uses simple connectives such as ?and?. This is to keep the audiences interest and keep the main focus on the points he is trying to get across. Obama also keeps the audiences interest by having sentence length variation to create contrast in the speech and rhythm. Rhetorical questions are also used in the speech to incorporate the audience in the speech and force themselves to question themselves. ?What progress will we have made? is a very philosophical question and makes the audience ask themselves too. In this rhetorical question, we also see one of the most important language techniques used by Obama; pronouns. ...read more.

Conclusion

These are not jerky hand movements, but slow ones which reassure the audience that what he is saying is true. During the speech, Obama speaks very clearly with enunciated words. This shows the audience he is well educated as well as being easy to understand. The words he uses are quite simple and not overcomplicated. This is to ensure the audience?s interests to not waver and they are always on him. Obama has an extremely good rapport with the audience. He directly acknowledges the audience by using ?we? a lot during the speech and constantly looking around. This includes the audience in his speech and makes them feel connected to him, as if he were a friend having a conversation with them. This is an effective way to create a rapport with the audience. This style is very impressive and persuasive to the audience, since they already feel connected to Obama, so they are more likely to believe in his choices. In conclusion, Obama is a very good speech writer and speaker, with many techniques to captivate the audience. His speeches are moving, interesting, and work very well on the general public. ...read more.

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