finalpaper - Connor Billing May 3, 2010 COM 135 Rhetorical...

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Connor Billing May 3, 2010 COM 135 Rhetorical Analysis Paper The newly elected senator, Scott Brown, from the historically democratic state of Massachusetts, gave his acceptance speech on January 10, 2010 (Brown 2010). Generally in acceptance speeches, an opinion on a specific topic is not given. It is most common for the newly elected political official to talk about what he or she will do in office, and how grateful he or she is for the opportunity they have been given. For the beginning part of Scott Brown’s speech he does just this, but then he transitions into giving his opinion about the new healthcare reform bill and how he disagrees with how Washington is being run, and what he will do to change this (Brown 2010). Essentially in this speech Scott Brown is attempting to persuade his audience that they did the right thing in electing him to office by explaining what he is going to do once his term starts and how he will achieve what he is promising. As was aforementioned, the speaker in this speech is the Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, and he attempting to persuade his audience that they took the right action in voting for him. The fact that he the speech in question is his acceptance speech, his frame of reference is pretty solid. His message is obviously going to be very passionate and straightforward because he strongly believes in the message he is relaying to his audience. In this speech, in my opinion, Scott Brown’s proposition is both value and policy. Given that a proposition of value is when the speech giver wants the listeners to decide on the importance or worth of something, this speech could easily be a proposition of value (Beebe and Beebe, 2009). In this same speech, Scott Brown’s proposition could also be one of policy. According to the same textbook by Beebe and Beebe, a proposition of policy is when one talks about “changing a policy, procedure, or behavior” (Beebe and Beebe, 2009). Given both these definitions, I feel that Scott Brown’s speech contains both these propositions. Throughout the entire speech he is
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course COM 135 taught by Professor Lauth during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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