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The Pleasure of Books
Transcript of The Pleasure of Books
Speaker and Audience
Ethos: He served as a professor of English at Yale University from 1901 to 1933. His works include Advance of the English Novel and Essays on Modern Dramatists.
Pathos: He spoke of the difference between borrowed books and owned books to appeal to our sense of ownership and to establish a connection to the audience. "A borrowed book is like a guest in the house."
Logos: Phelps's speech did not use logic because it was his opinion.
It is highly effective because the speaker uses all three forms of rhetoric clearly and skillfully.
He was among the many people throughout history who were passionate about books. Although, one month after Phelp's speech was broadcasted, the Nazi regime began their campaign of burning books with "anti German" ideas. His speech was remarkable because he really made his audience share his love and passion for reading through his skilled use of imagery. The speech is still venerated today because of its relevance; people nowadays are still ardent about books.
By William Phelps
The Pleasure of Books
William Phelps was an American educator, literary critic and author. On April 6, 1933, he delivered his "The Pleasure of Books" speech over a radio broadcast. Pre-WW2 families were the majority of his audience.
The speech didn't earn a major reaction from the audience- namely because it is one of those topics where people will either be interested and moved or just uninterested. There was no mob on the streets complaining about what he said, nor were there people overtly pleased. The reaction was neutral. The authors purpose was to entertain his audience with his thoughts on books. Phelps' tone is mesmerized, he is very reverential about books and believes they are great treasures.
Speech Analysis Continued
Identify and explain the rhetorical strategies that the author deliberately chose while crafting the text. (at least 5). Carefully consider the author’s deliberate manipulation of language.
How do you rate the overall effectiveness of the speech. Give examples as to why you feel the way you do.