SPK midterm - I chose to analyze President Bill Clinton's...

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I chose to analyze President Bill Clinton’s “I Have Sinned” speech. I chose this speech because the subject matter interested me and it remains a controversial point of discussion to this day. At first glance it appears as though the purpose of this speech is both an informative and persuasive piece; however in Chapter 14 we discuss how informative, persuasive and entertaining speeches share certain attributes. Therefore, since the President’s main purpose was to enlighten the audience of his indiscretions (although at times his tone is rather persuasive and patronizing) it should be decided that his purpose was to inform the audience. The introduction of the President’s speech is what I found to be the most interesting. Rather than using the most common types of introductions discussed in Chapter 9 (i.e. stating your purpose , citing statistics and making claims , or telling a story ( 227-8 ) ) , he slips his way into the body of his speech, using numerous “I agree with” and “I believe statements.” Due to the fact that his intentions were to humble himself before his audience and appeal to them, rather than state “I’m going to tell all of you about how I messed around with a woman that isn’t my wife,” his introduction is to identify with the audience . (225) The thesis of Pres. Bill Clinton’s speech is twofold. Firstly, to inform his audience that he
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