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"A Whisper of Aids" - Speech by Mary Fisher

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Transcript of "A Whisper of Aids" - Speech by Mary Fisher

"A Whisper of Aids" Background
Information Fisher uses many techniques to convey her message
Her main point is to inform the audience about the affects of HIV & AIDS Conclusion To spread awareness about AIDS & HIV
AIDS was the 3rd leading cause of death in US
She was a living example

After the speech, Fisher became a leading AIDS activist
The speech had a great affect on the audience Repetition Is the return of a word, phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature

“Because I was not hemophiliac, I was not at risk. Because I was not gay, I was not at risk. Because I did not inject drugs, I was not at risk.”

“Young men. Young women. Young parents. Young children. One of the families is mine” Mood she is very persuasive
serious tone
its clear that she is trying to educate the citizens about HIV's rapid spread & parents should be educating their kids

topic has been neglected for a long time due to embarrassment Speech by Mary Fisher Context At the Republican National Convention
In 1992
Audience consisted of the Republican Party & media Summary About bringing the issue of HIV & AIDS to the audience's attention
Fisher tells us about what people go through and how they are treated
She speaks of her personal experiences
Expresses feelings about how to deal with someone you love has the disease
Kills many people and there is nothing you can do
It is important to make the country aware about the consequences
Prevention RHETORICAL DEVICES & TECHNIQUES Personification Is treating abstractions or inanimate objects as human, that is, giving them human attributes, powers, or feelings

“HIV marches resolutely towards AIDS in more than a million American homes, littering its pathway with the bodies of the young” Appeal to Patriotism Appeals to the audience's love of the country

“But we do the President's cause no good if we praise the American family but ignore a virus that destroys it” Appeal to Fairness
& Justice
Appeals to the audience’s sense of what is moral and right
“We cannot love justice and ignore prejudice, love our children and fear to teach them” Appeal to Fear Uses information likely to frighten the audience for the purpose of strengthening a speaker’s argument

“Largely unknown a decade ago, AIDS is the third leading killer of young-adult Americans today-but it won't be third for long. Because, unlike other diseases, this one travels.” Lets Talk! 1. In a part of the speech Fisher says, "We have killed each
other-with our ignorance, our prejudice, and our silence.
" She is talking about HIV. What do you think she meant by prejudice and ignorance?

2. What was the theme of the speech? Why you think it is such a sensitive topic at the time?

3. After going through our analysis of the speech, what rhetorical device/ technique is most effective?

4. Do you think a speech is the best way to educate the public about medical dilemmas? What other tactics can be used?

5. What are your personal opinions?

6. In the conclusion, Fisher says, "Learn with me the lessons of history and of grace, so my children will not be afraid to say the word AIDS when I am gone. Then their children, and yours, may not need to whisper it at all. " What do you think the title means, relative to those lines? Thank You for your Time!
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