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Mary Fisher - Analysis. Mrs Fisher opens with a metaphor of a shroud of silence draped over the publics eyes, a beautiful and poetic representation of the ignorance about AIDS that clouds society

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Mrs Fisher opens with a metaphor of a shroud of silence draped over the public?s eyes, a beautiful and poetic representation of the ignorance about AIDS that clouds society. She clearly states her purpose: to bring the silence?the fear?to an end. Her goals are further emphasized with the use of antithesis ?I want you attention, not your applause?, stressing the solemnity of the issue and her own selfless dedication to the cause. She is very open and optimistic about her own battle with AIDS, which makes her more relatable, and causes the audience to be more sympathetic, more attentive to what she has to say. Stating the shocking statistics about AIDS related deaths, and future predictions provide fact that appeal to logos, making the audience realize the dire situation of AIDS. She outwardly states that the current effort is simply not enough?the epidemic is winning. She asks that everybody recognize AIDS is not a political creature, and while addressing everybody, from different parties, religions, age groups et cetera. Using ?ask? makes her appeal very sincere, and the thoroughness of her address reaches out to everybody, telling them everybody is at risk of contracting AIDS, no matter their differences. ...read more.


By using these stereotypes, she quite accurately demonstrates the average American?s views towards AIDS, using their perceived thought process allows her to build on her relationship with her audience and at the same time show them the fault in their logic. The repetition of ?I was not at risk? is very ironic, not only because she was none of the fore-mentioned, yet she, a ?respectable white mother?, has the disease. Similarly, Pastor Nemoeller?s quote uses parallel structure and repetition to emphasize the need for someone to step up, to spread the word, to protest against AIDS. She subtly compares herself to the Pastor, hinting that if she doesn?t take this stand, no one will, and it will be too late. The quote adds a lot of substance and credibility of sorts to Fishers speech, along with high emotional values with the World War II allusion, further bolstering her argument?something must be done. The historical anecdote serves as a moral. ?If you believe you are safe, you are at risk? is repeated to emphasize its importance. The dark metaphor of AIDS as a killer stalking children is especially powerful because parents of all generations can relate to that fear. ...read more.


The request is very brief, only two sentences, but they are strong emotionally and compassionate, and does a lot in the pathos department. Her final appeal is even simpler but no less powerful. She dreams of a day where her children will not be scared of the word ?AIDS? even if she dies from it. Her only hope is a community where AIDS will not be fear, shamed or looked down upon. Fisher?s views on the HIV/AIDS issue created a turning point in the Republican Party and their views towards the disease. She was not only able to change the traditional mindset of how AIDS sufferers were viewed, but also managed to convey her message with indescribable tone and emotion that was able to reach out to a large audience. Through use of vivid, beautiful and emotive figurative language, allusions, rhetorical devices, appeal to pathos, virtue decorum et cetera, Fisher creates a powerful speech that reaches out and connects to all listeners, motivating them to see AIDS in a different light, helping them shed their stereotypes. She rallies them to raise awareness about AIDS, and asks they be compassionate and accepting, and educate themelves to find a solution to rid the fear and ignorance surrounding it. ...read more.

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