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COM 321 - Response Paper #2

COM 321 - Response Paper #2 - 1 Joseph Forte Jr COM 321...

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Joseph Forte Jr. COM 321 Response Paper # 2 With the Presidential debate now going at full speed, it was very interesting to analyze the speaking style of one current Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate using the elements of two rhetorical theorists from who we’ve studied from so far. For my paper, I watched the Second 2008 Presidential Debate between Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. I chose to analyze Barack Obama because I really like his speaking style and I’m interested in how he uses rhetoric in this election. Barack Obama is a junior United States Senator from Illinois and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 United States presidential election. As a voting democrat and supporter of Barack Obama, I was proud to see my candidate use so many rhetorical techniques and theories that I’ve learned in this class. With so many great rhetors that we’ve learned about, it was hard to pick which two I really wanted to compare with this presidential candidate. I choose Aristotle, first, because I’ve learned so much about him already from my other communications classes. And second, because I feel that he is one of the top thinkers and most interesting people to learn about as far as rhetoric and philosophy is concerned. The second rhetor that I chose was Marcus Tullius Cicero. Although I didn’t know much about Cicero since taking this class, I found it very interesting that more is known about Cicero than about any other figure in Roman history (Herrick, p. 101). In looking through the works of Aristotle, there were so much insight that I could’ve used to analyze the speaking style of Barack Obama. I felt that one of the best elements of Aristotle’s teachings was through the Artistic Proofs. Aristotle identified 1
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three technical or artistic proofs that make up the techne, or art of rhetoric.
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