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What Fear Can Teach Us

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Transcript of What Fear Can Teach Us

Literary & Rhetorical Devices What Fear Can
Teach Us
by
Karen Thompson Walker Connection To Concept Hamlet had multiple paths that he had to choose from due to the fear he encountered throughout the play. Hamlet was the author of his fears- he never read them. Fear can help us and guide us. Fear makes us think about the future and shapes our decisions. Opening Anecdote: Karen Thompson Walker told a story about a group of men whose boat had filled with water and they had to choose a path to take to safety, but each path had it's consequences. Walker continued to refer back to the sailors story, explaining that each path they could take would lead them to a certain fear, such as death or starvation. Persuading the Audience Walker gave the audience a lot of questions to think about during her presentation. She made the talk personal to not only herself but everyone else in the room/ watching it online. Ethos Pathos Logos She connects to her emotions by telling her own experiences about fears in her life. For example, her fear of earthquakes, and monsters under he bed.
She said that these fears created her imagination and she was the author of her fears. Speakers Main Thesis: Course of Action Suggested Evidence Used in Talk Humor Used? Were There Props Used To Engage Audience? Personal Connection to the Speech... Megan Jackie Literary:
Walker refers to Moby Dick during her talk. She says that the story about the sailors was Herman Melville's inspiration for his story.
Imagery:
As Walker is speaking and telling the story, the listeners are able to visualize what is happening in their heads.
Rhetorical:
"What can the rest of us learn about fear from visionaries and young children?"
This is effective because she gives the audience a question to think of while listening to the rest of the talk. The speaker suggests that fear can actually help us and guide us.
If we over think our fears and turn them into something scarier than they really are, we will never live our lives right.
We are the authors and readers of our fears. We all have the ability to shape our future the way we want to. There was not a lot of Humor used in this talk. Walker was mostly serious, but brought up a lot of questions for the audience.
She did not use humor because there were not a lot of moments in her talk that needed humor, it was more of a reflective talk rather than a humorous speech. I thought her speech was enjoyable and many of the things she brought up were relatable to my life.
She brought up many points about fear that I can relate to when thinking about the fears I have on a daily basis. There were no props used to engage
the audience.
The audience just had to use their ears to listen and pay attention to the story telling.
The speaker used stories and examples that all could relate to, thus engaging the audience that way. Walker mostly used historical evidence about past events that have taken place which involve fear or facing ones fears.

Walker referred back a passage that Nathaniel Philbrick wrote about the Whaleship boat. She used his passage to convey the sailors fears that they faced.
Walker also used children's fears throughout her talk, saying that as you grow up you get over your childish fears for example, monsters under the bed. I can really relate to the speech. I have many fears myself, and I know that if I let them take over my mind, I'll become defeated and lose confidence.
The talk taught me that I can overcome anything that holds me back. Walker used Ethos in her talk when she backed up how fears come from the imagination by telling a true story about how sailors faced their fears when they were in trouble while sailing in the middle of the ocean. Walker uses Logos when she says that even those sailors had fears and they were grown men. They had to choose to face their fears no matter what path they chose to venture to.

She also told the audience about Charles Darwin and other visionaries also faced fears when choosing different paths to go down.
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