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"A Whisper of Aids"

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Transcript of "A Whisper of Aids"

"A Whisper of Aids"
Mary Fisher
Pittagay Walker

Subject:
Tone
Rhetorical Devices
"HIV marches resolutely toward AIDS
in more than a million American
homes" (Personification)

Fisher personifies AIDS to show that it is a living disease that is spreading.

“I am one with a black infant struggling with tubes in a Philadelphia hospital.” (Metaphor)

Fisher compares herself to a black infant.

Speaker:
Mary Fisher
Leading AID Activist
Artist and Author
Contracted AIDS from second husband.
Outspoken advocate for AIDS and HIV prevention education
Occasion:
1992 , The Growth of HIV & AIDS
Audience
Republic National Convention
People with HIV/ AIDS
The American government
Other nations/governments in the world who have denied the prevalence of AIDS
Purpose:
To educate the public about the importance/prevalence of AIDS
To depict her personal experience with the disease
Rhetorical Devices
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."
(Anaphora)
In this line Fisher makes it clear that aids isn't prejudice and wants her audience to be aware that anyone can contract it.

"Are you human?"(Rhetorical Question)
Mary Fisher uses this device to engage her listeners and make them question their humanity and morals.
Rhetorical Devices
"We cannot love justice and ignore prejudice, love our children and fear to teach them."(Antithesis)
This quote contrasts the negatives and positives within people, and if they choose to address the issues at hand.

"[The AIDS virus] does not ask whether you are black
or
white, male
or
f
emale, gay
or
straight, young
or
old." ( Asydeton)

Mary Fisher's uses asyndeton to argue against stereotypes that AIDS affects one specific group.
Sources:
"The Artist & Her Studio."

maryfisher.com.
Mary Fisher, Productions,

n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.

"Mary Fisher 1992 Republican National
Convention Address".
americanrhetoric.com.
n.d. Web. 27 Jan 2014.


Conclusion:
SPEECH:
http://www.qcc.mass.edu/abeaudry/m_fisher.htm

VIDEO:
https://vimeo.com/88621088
Address the problem of HIV/AID
strong, bold, moving, influential, important, informative.
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