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Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

AP English extra credit assignment.
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Emma Williamson

on 16 September 2012

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Transcript of Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Rhetorical Analysis Speaker Audience Purpose Subject Michelle Obama How Obama's struggles and the hardships he faced growing up influence his decisions today and allow him to relate to the people of America. Immediately: the people attending or watching the Democratic National Convention.
Mediated: the people who will watch it at a later date or that will read or hear about it from other people. The Appeals Ethos Pathos Logos Michelle Obama creates a relationship with the audience by using words such as "we" and "our" as well as portraying herself as being just like many members of the audience by saying, "like me and like so many of you" many people couldn't have attended college without financial aid. This helps her cause because being relatable and in-touch with the people is an important quality that the First Lady should possess. She invokes a feeling of respect and belief in our country and a strong sense of nationalism by saying, "every day [people] remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth". This is persuasive because it shows how much she cares about America and how much she believes that what we are doing is right. She uses examples such as Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps women get equal pay and that he cut taxes for working families and small businesses to show that there are valid reasons that people should support and vote for Obama and to show that he has their best interests at heart. Tone Michelle Obama's tone towards her husband, President Barack Obama, is very loving and supportive and it is clear that she believes in him and his ideas. She says, ". . . but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago" which shows how much she appreciates what he has done for the country and that being President hasn't negatively impacted his character; instead, he has improved and stayed true to himself and his beliefs. Diction She uses very positive diction to describe her husband and his accomplishments such as "triumph" and "pride" as well as "patience" and "wisdom" which show how successful Obama has been in improving various things and how strong his character is. She also uses very strong and passionate diction to describe the lives of the American people such as "struggle", "sacrifice", and "impossible" which show how hard they work and the variety of obstacles they face which adds to her argument but showing that she understands and respects the people and wants to improve their lives. Structure/Form Tricolon She uses three parallel elements that are similarly structure to show the importance of what her family taught her. She said, "We learned about dignity and decency . . . We learned about honesty and integrity . . . We learned about gratitude and humility . . .". Correctio She corrects her own statement by adding to it saying, "we can trust Obama . . . even when it's hard --especially when it's hard". This shows that Obama will stay true to his word even if it's difficult and will not be deterred by obstacles. Other Rhetorical Strategies Allusion Michelle Obama alludes to advancements in technology and major moments in history when she says, "if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button". This wording makes these feats seems impossible but we accomplished them, showing the magnificence and difficulty of what we as a country did. To get people to vote for and support Barack Obama and to ensure that he continues to be President. Also, to portray him as relatable and trustworthy. blogspot.com Image from mashable.com
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