Rhetorical Analysis: Miracle By: Brandice Cole

“Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that’s what you have here tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve yearned here tonight. One game; if we played them ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight we stay with them, and we shut them down because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world.

You were born to be hockey players--every one of you, and you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ‘em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!”

HERB BROOKS

This speech was given by Coach Herb Brooks in the movie, Miracle, which was based on a true story. He gave this speech to his USA Olympic team prior to the big game against Soviet.

In his speech, Brooks was mainly stating that although Soviet may have been a winning team so far, their winning streak will end tonight. He also was saying that his players were born for this moment and that they have everything they need to win as far as; skills, training, and God given talent.

The intended audience was his team but also, it can be used to motivate anyone. This speech explains that whatever you do in life, with hard work and self confidence you can achieve your goals.

EXAMPLE: "Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world." - giving creditability to being the best team

EXAMPLES

"Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that’s what you have here tonight, boys." - reason why they are able to compete

"One game; if we played them ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight." - showing that odds are in their favor

EXAMPLES

"we are the greatest hockey team in the world" - giving confidence

"I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ‘em" - getting audience fired up

An author's specific word choice

GREATEST team

YOUR time

All three appeals are used, however, pathos seemed to be used the most. This speech had a very strong message and it can reach all age groups and it can be used in different scenarios.

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