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A Few Good Men Rhetorical Analysis

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Kelsey Kickhoefer

on 24 March 2013

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Transcript of A Few Good Men Rhetorical Analysis

"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it." In the beginning of his questioning, he denied the accusation but by the end and through his monologue he admitted to the court he ordered the code red and convinced himself mote than anyone that it was acceptable due to his motives. Was Col. Jessep Successful? Ethos/ Diction-- evokes pride "We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something." "You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives." "Son, we live in a world that has walls, and
those walls have to be guarded by men
with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg?" Rhetorical Precis Background Directed by: Rob Reiner A Few Good Men Analogy/Metaphor Anaphora-- personally attacks Kaffee Colonel Jessep, in his statement on the witness stand argues his reasoning for ordering the Code Red. Col. Jessep attacks Kaffee's character and integrity in order to provide the court with the insight of his actions. He adopts a strict and angry tone for Kaffee and the court. Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel Kaffee defends
two U.S. Marines after they are accused of murdering a fellow Marine, PFC William Santiago. After a long trial, the jury finds the Marines
not guilty of murder because their superior officers, Col. Jessep and 1stLt Kendrick, ordered them to carry out a "code red" but the men are dishonorably discharged for having caused Santiago's death through their "conduct unbecoming a United States Marine." Chiasmus-- emphasizes responsibility of military Rhetorical Question-- dramatic effect Condemn-- Puts Jessep in authority over Kaffee; looks down on him Ethos-- remorseful
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