Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation

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To name a few rhetorical devices used in this speech one was alliteration. He said, “fighting liberal friend of the working man”. As well as, “the dishonesty, the downright villainy”, and he spoke of the, underpaid and underfed”. In each of these instances he used the same constant sound repeatedly. The Fallacies were a little harder to pin point. It seemed like several were used but didn’t fill the whole description. There was some scapegoating. He mentioned the, “evil domination of boss Jim Getty”, as well as his “political machine”. Also I felt that a false dilemma was created with the statement, “something more then a hope, something less then a chance”. I did not see allot of bias as termed by the definitions set out in the
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Unformatted text preview: textbook. He defiantly did not like his opponent, but the speaker’s viewpoint was all based on prior action by Boss Jim not the speaker’s perspective. The Speaker presents his argument based on attacks on Boss Jim’s character. He dose not point out any single instance of Jim’s supposed illicit acts. He merely attacks the person, which is a huge instance of scapegoating and ad hominen. To address the question of the arguments effectiveness. It was entertaining as well as engaging but it had no substance. You can tell that it came from a movie, and it was written to an audience who would have been aware of all of the surrounding events. There was no meat, no substance....
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