Rhetorical Analysis By Ariel Castillo

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural address

Lincoln first, brings up the fact of being president for four years. After that brief explanation he speaks about the union and the war. He talks about slavery and how it was the start of the war. He brings up the war and the union. He reminds everyone of the issues of slavery and how it offends even God. He wants to bring peace between the two opposing sides of slavery and tells both opposing sides to not judge one another.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States at the time. It was during his second inauguration that Lincoln gave this speech. Abraham's purpose of this speech was to recognized the tragedy of the civil war. It was also for the soon victory over the secessionists in the American Civil War and the near ending of slavery.

The intended audience iseveryone part of the union and proposing of. It was to the slaves and others being persecuted.

Logos : He brings up a true event that has caused many deaths, the facts of slavery and troubles caused by it. ( There is little logos represented in the speech )

Pathos : Explains the tragedy of the Civil war, touching the hearts of those around him to recognize the sadness. He also factors in God. Pathos was the most prevalent as Lincoln's entire purpose of his speech was to touch the hearts of everyone and make them realize the sadness and difficulties the Civil war brought.

Ethos : He's the 16th president of the United States, a politician, a lawyer, and a trusted man.

Lincoln's large variet of vocabulary really put emphasis on the whole "civil war tragedy" idea by using words like "magnitude" to describe the immensity of the war and how long it reigned.

Henry Humphrey's "In Support of Human Rights"

Henry Humphrey was a Vice President to President Lyndon Johnson. At the time Hubert Humphrey was faced to pick sides during a time of war in Southeast Asia. He confronted an choice: whether to remain loyal to his president or to his conscience. He spoke of civil rights and how every man is equal.

This message was intended to Democrats and to those who support civil rights.

Pathos : Appealing to the civil rights of everyone. He touches people's hearts by stating that every man is equal. A lot of speeches that have to do with humans goes straight to the audiences emotions. When it comes to the civil rights of humans, they go to strike the emotional feelings of everyone, and that's what Humphrey did.

Logos : the logic and facts of politics and references to senators and others comments on the subject. Logos is not presented as much as the other two rhetorical anaylysis' because when you're a politician and you're trying to persuade others you have to strike them emotional. If you do politically, they won't be persuaded to think you're right.

Ethos : He is the Vice President and he was given the podium and microphones so everyone around can hear him.

Constantly throughout the speech, Humphrey will emphasize the subject or important message of that sentence by repeating himself. He would repeat a small phrase of the sentence to exclaim that's what it was all about.

The speech was strong in itself with a proper balance of emotional connection, logic, and ethics.

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy was an American politician, he served as the 35th President of the United States.

JFK's speech was to emphasize the idea on peace, love, liberty, peace and democratic freedoms. Kennedy addressed his words to both Americans and people abroad.

Logos : very little to none. His speech was more about love and peace. Revolution was brought up.

Pathos : emotional connection to the happiness of peace and love. Pointed out the rights of everyone, the poor and loving everyone.

Ethos : everyone is there to listen to him, he was a politician and was the 35th president.

Kennedy constantly refers to everyone as we, implying that we are one nation, together. This emphasizes the idea of a strong nation, peace, and love.

Kennedy's speech was in fact very shortly and could've been prolonged to put more emphasis on the entire idea and could've been supported with more logic.

General Patton’s speech to the US 3rd Army on eve of D-Day

General George Smith Patton Jr. was a senior officer of the United Stateus Army. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in World War II

The purpose of his speech was to motivate his troops before the Allied invasion of France.

He speaks of fighting and how Americans love it. He tells them they aren't going to die, that they are strong. He tells all his troops that they are the heroes; a team, and need to be alert and on their toes.

Logos : there wasn't much logic in this besides the reference of a soldier he brought up.

Pathos : pathos was mostly present in this speech. It was a motivational speech, he hyped all the troops up and made them confident.

Ethos : He was their general, he was already in charge of them and he was given the spotlight to give the speech.

He gave examples of noble soldiers and put a lot of heart and determination into this speech, which will help with motivating others.

His speach was quite motivational but it could've used less cursing in it.

Elie Wiesel’s Address “The Perils of Indifference”

Eliezer Wiesel is a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

In his speech he first thanks the President, Mrs. Clinton, members of Congress, Ambassador Holbrooke, Excellencies, and friends. He then goes on to talk about how he grew up and what he went through. He talks about the sad affects of indifference and the walk to the new millenium.

Logos : he uses examples of past events Ex. "The depressing tale of the St. Louis is a case in point. Sixty years ago, its human cargo -- nearly 1,000 Jews -- was turned back to Nazi Germany."

Pathos: he uses his emotional background and children to strike the hearts that he speaks to. Ex. "He was finally free, but there was no joy in his heart."

Ethos: he is a Holocaust survivor and has been given the spotlight to talk to everyone. He brings up children and their importance.

He keeps repeating the word indifference to emphasize that it's the main topic and that's the focus of the entire speech. And will repeat sentences or phrases to express their importance. Ex. "Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response."

Elie's speech was said beautifully and I wouldn't change a thing about it. He used facts, emotional connection, and is an important figure which grabs attention to his entire purpose of being there.

Vince Lombardi’s “Make Any Sacrifice to Win”

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League.

At the time, the Green Bay Packers were about to go into their first game of the season against the Bears. Vince wanted to motivate his players and fill them with confidence.

Pathos : He strikes them with "If you are not one, if you don’t want to play, you might as well leave right now…" Lombardi knows well that these men have heart for the game and by saying that he pushes them to show that they are strong and confident.

Logos : He gives them logical reasons to be confident and gives them instructoins. Ex. "By being alert you are going to make fewer mistakes than your opponents."

Ethos : he's their coach, they're bound to listen to him. He's also an executive in the NFL.

He threatens them, that if they don't show him that they are the right guys to play, then he'll get other men.

The Packers beat the Bears the next day
William Faulkner’s Address to Graduating Class at University High School in Oxford

William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays

Faulkner gave this speech and was intended to the graduating students at Oxford.

His intentions were to educate the students on fear. He tells them not to fear, and that they are in control. Only man can save itself.

Logos : he gives them logical reasons to not fear and makes up situations to show them to not fear. Ex. "If the atom bomb fell on Oxford tonight, all it could do would be to kill us, which is nothing, since in doing that, it would have robbed itself of its only power over us -- which is fear of it, the being afraid of it."Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed.

Pathos : He refers to fears that most people have, and with compassion he tells them not to fear those things. Ex. "Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed."

Ethos : The stage was given to him he's a Nobel Prize writer from Oxford.

He confidently gives these young students reasons to not fear. In the manner he speak, he makes it sound so motivatoinal. He touches the hearts of those who fear and is a light for them, that guides them, telling them not to. I wouldn't change a thing.

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