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"A Whiper of AIDS"

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Transcript of "A Whiper of AIDS"

Written and spoken by: Mary Fisher
"A Whisper of AIDS"
The speech and the speaker
The speech "A Whisper of AIDS" was written by Mary Fisher in August 19, 1997 in Huston Texas.
Pathos
Tonight, I represent an AIDS community whose members have been reluctantly drafted from every segment of American society. Though I am white and a mother, I am one with a black infant struggling with tubes in a Philadelphia hospital. Though I am female and contracted this disease in marriage and enjoy the warm support of my family, I am one with the lonely gay man sheltering a flickering candle from the cold wind of his family’s rejection. -
This is an example of Pathos as she is sympathizing with those less fortunate than her who may or may not be dealing with the same problem.
Literary Devices
Tonight, HIV marches resolutely toward AIDS in more than a million American homes, littering its pathway with the bodies of the young -
Imagery- This depicts HIV and/or AIDS coming to the homes of American's almost like an army, with bodies in their wake.
The occasion for the speech
Mary Fisher is delivering the speech not only to spread awareness of HIV and AIDS but also to tell of the struggles of those who are HIV or AIDS positive and how those who do not are turning a blind eye to the growing problem
Tone and Purpose
-The tone of the speech was serious and informative. It spoke about issues that no one would talk about on a serious matter.
- The purpose of this speech is to tell those who turn a blind eye to the current situation on how devastating the event is to thw American society.
The Point
She was asking those who were willing to listen to her to stop the spread of AIDS and HIV and not to look away as if it wasn't a problem or to shun those who had it and plea for help
Logos
"Worldwide, forty million, sixty million, or a hundred million infections will be counted in the coming few years. But despite science and research, White House meetings, and congressional hearings, despite good intentions and bold initiatives, campaign slogans, and hopeful promises, it is -- despite it all -- the epidemic which is winning tonight. "-
This is an example of Logos as it is stating the general worldwide estimate of those who have contracted the disease and how it is winning over all options given out.
Ethos
"I would never have asked to be HIV positive, but I believe that in all things there is a purpose; and I stand before you and before the nation gladly."
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This would be considered Ethos because she herself has contracted the disease. She accepts it as she is able to stand and talk to others about the problem.
Mary Fisher was born in Louisville Kentucky on April 6 1948. She was raised in southeast Michigan where she had attended Cranbrook Academies, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Her brother, sisters, and mother lived in the Greater Detroit area. Before the speech she was tested postitive for HIV, which she contracted from her second husband
Academy Connection
This speech is related to the Health Care Academy as Mrs. Fisher speaks about AIDS and HIV and how it is a growing problem in the United States or America
Key Phrases
My Thoughts on the Speech
The Speech
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/mp3clips/politicalspeeches/maryfisher1992rnc.mp3
http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/maryfisher1992rnc.html
"Adolescents don’t give each other cancer or heart disease because they believe they are in love, but HIV is different; and we have helped it along. We have killed each other with our ignorance, our prejudice, and our silence." -
This is an example of ethos as she speaks about how HIV is passed on and is contracted without saying much. Love cannot spread cancer or such but HIV can be spread in that way and those who know this stay silent about the matter and keep it to themselves.
I ask you, here in this great hall, or listening in the quiet of your home, to recognize that AIDS virus is not a political creature. It does not care whether you are Democrat or Republican; it does not ask whether you are black or white, male or female, gay or straight, young or old.
Since AIDS is a disease it does not care who it infects. Whether a person deems themselves higher than others or if their lower than others. Anyone can contract the disease.
Each of them is exactly what God made: a person; not evil, deserving of our judgment; not victims, longing for our pity -- people, ready for support and worthy of compassion. -
This is an example of pathos because she's saying others need the pity, the support. They need need compassion and not judgement from others as they are human as well
I believe this is a good speech as it speaks about AIDS and how it effects the people of America. The ones who have contracted it and those who haven't. It speaks on how no one will speak up about the issue of the spreading disease. It talks about how we need to speak out and fight against the problem instead of making it worse by not saying nothing about it at all.
"I ask you, here in this great hall, or listening in the quiet of your home, to recognize that AIDS virus is not a political creature. It does not care whether you are Democrat or Republican; it does not ask whether you are black or white, male or female, gay or straight, young or old."
"This is not a distant threat. It is a present danger. The rate of infection is increasing fastest among women and children. Largely unknown a decade ago, AIDS is the third leading killer of young adult Americans today"
Though I am white and a mother, I am one with a black infant struggling with tubes in a Philadelphia hospital. Though I am female and contracted this disease in marriage and enjoy the warm support of my family, I am one with the lonely gay man sheltering a flickering candle from the cold wind of his family’s rejection. -
Metaphor- She is comparing herself to those who are less fortunate around her .
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