FINAL walkout analysis - Jacob Zipperstein Rhetoric in the...

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Jacob Zipperstein Rhetoric in the Streets Thursday’s Walkout created an explicit amount of excitement that spread throughout the streets of Berkeley. A number of courageous protestors decided that it was their duty to rouse a supportive audience; it was their duty to persuade their righteous cause to non- believers. Did these speakers know before hand what they would need to say in order to stir up and convince an audience? Did they have any idea that their tone, their body language, and even their outfits would have as much impact on the audience as their words? In order for this audacious protestor to stand out, he had to carefully choose his tone in order to successfully portray his message towards his audience. More often then not, Pathos was the driving factor for the speaker’s tone. They empathetically reached out towards the audience, targeting their emotions as a tool to win them over. This one speaker I was listening to on Telegraph Avenue (well, not really a speaker, just a guy going on a diatribe to anyone who was around him) was rapidly firing rhetorical questions to the busy crowds roaming the streets. Each of his questions successfully penetrated the audience’s emotions. “What am I supposed to do when I have to get a third job, and move into an even smaller apartment just to afford my son’s tuition?” “How are you going to be able to pay more
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2010 for the course CHEM 10966 taught by Professor Vollhardt during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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