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Willy Goebel Per. 5 9/8/09 Barack and Roll President of the United States Barack Obama used a wide variety of literary techniques in his speech given today. Obama catches the audience’s attention with his literary devices and techniques. The two primary elements of rhetoric he uses are anaphora and rhetorical questions. The first, anaphora, is defined by the Grammar & Composition section of About.com as “A rhetorical term for the repetition of a word or phrase at the start of successive clauses.” Obama uses this technique often, such as when he states “ I’ve talked a lot about responsibility. I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track…” He uses anaphora by repeating the same phrase, “I’ve talked about… responsibility,” with different endings in order to convey that he has addressed the responsibilities of many different groups of people. This
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Unformatted text preview: technique causes the audience to listen more carefully, as they are now aware that they are being given examples or proof of Obama’s past action. Obama also uses many rhetorical questions in his speech. Such questions are directed at the audience, but do not require an answer, and merely provoke further thought on the subject. Obama asks rhetorical questions such as “So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?” These questions cause the audience to think further on the matter at hand and to address the issues within themselves. The magnificent use of these elements combined results in an overall effect of honestly incorporate the concepts of the speech into their everyday thoughts and morals....
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course NA 12345 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '09 term at Mary Baldwin.

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