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Yeb Sano's Speech and Its Rhetorical Strategies

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Transcript of Yeb Sano's Speech and Its Rhetorical Strategies

Yeb Sano's Speech and Its Rhetorical Strategies
Yeb Sano Addresses The United Nations In Warsaw
The Philippines lead negotiator Yeb Sano addressed The United Nations in Warsaw about the devastating effects Typhoon Haiyan had in different areas in the Phillipines. He speaks about how Typhoon Haiyan should serve as a warning to other countries that urgent action needs to be taken in order to prevent a repeat of the devastating storm that wreaked havoc in different parts of the Phillipines.
Hyperbole is a way of speaking or writing that exaggerates things and is not meant to be understood literally. It can be used as a way of expressing your feelings towards a certain situation or emotion that you may be exhibiting. This rhetorical device can be seen during certain points of Sano's speech from beginning to end.

An example of hyperbole being somewhat used in Sano's speech is near the beginning of the speech in the fifth paragraph. Yeb Sano was discussing the strength of Typhoon Haiyan, stating, "It was so strong that if there was a Category 6, it would have fallen squarely in that box. " Natural disasters are categorized into 5 categories from 1-5, one being very weak and five being very strong. Sano said that the typhoon was so strong that it surpassed all of those categories and should be placed in its own category. Its an example of hyperbole because he is somewhat exaggerating on the strength of the typhoon, even though in reality the typhoon was the strongest ever recorded.
Metaphors are words or phrases used in an imaginative way to represent or stand for something else. They are similar to similes except they do not use the words "like" or "was."

There are a couple of metaphors found in Yeb Sano's speech to The United Nations. A metaphor is found in the middle of the speech when Sano is explaining the effects of climate change from the Typhoon. He states, "To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. " Sano directed this statement towards people who were dismissing the fact that the effects of climate change are minimal. He compares people who are sitting at home and aren't experiencing the effects of a natural disaster to someone who lives in an ivory tower, which is a place that is isolated from world affairs, including natural disasters.

In conclusion, these are the rhetorical strategies that are found in Yeb Sano's speech to the United Nations in Warsaw. Anaphora, hyperbole, and metaphors are used in the speech in order to help the audience he is addressing at the United Nations envision the tragedy and devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Sano's speech contains a variety of rhetorical devices and strategies that helped the audience envision the tragedy and devastation that Typhoon Haiyan brought to the Philippines. His speech contains anaphoras, hyperboles, metaphors, and many other rhetorical devices that makes the speech meaningful and effective.
Anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of consecutive sentences, clauses, or verses of a song or a poem. It can be used to add meaning to a certain situation or scenario and to help the audience imagine what it would like to be part of that scenario, whether it be good or bad.
Anaphora is used in Yeb Sano's speech numerous times in order to help the audience envision the tragic state of the Philippines. An example of this is near the end of the speech when Sano is urging for other nations to take drastic action in order to prevent another repeat of Typhoon Haiyan. He says "I speak for my delegation. I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm. I also speak for those who have been orphaned by this tragedy..." This is an example of anaphora because each sentence in that example began with the phrase, "I speak for..." Sano was trying to say that he speaks for all the people and areas that were affected by the Philippines, while at the same time trying to get the people in attendance at Warsaw to envision how Typhoon Haiyan affected people and their families.
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