Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis Dr . James Patterson April 30, 2010 Rhetorical Analysis On February 19, 2010, pro-golfer Tiger Woods gave an apology speech for his "irresponsible and selfish" behavior, which he said included infidelity . The 14 minute statement was Tiger Woods’ first public appearance since the car crash outside of his home in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 27, 2010 . His statement was aimed at apologizing to his wife, his children, his mother, his sponsors, and asking the media to leave his family alone . In this rhetorical analysis, I will apply rhetorical principles in understanding public messages such as in Tiger Wood’s apology speech as well as critiquing various aspects of his speech content and vocal delivery . According to CNN, “Woods' appearance, at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach about 11 a .m. ET, was carefully managed, with about 40 hand-picked people as an audience .” Tiger Woods addressed his audience in the beginning of his speech to be his friends, people that know him, people that cheered for him, people that work with him, and people that have supported him . He then gave permission for his audience to be critical of him . Tiger Woods made sure to specifically state “As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words, it will come from my behavior over time . We have a lot to discuss . However, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us .” Elin, Tiger Woods’ wife, was not in the audience . Giving his speech, Tiger Woods faced challenges with his audience . These challenges included newly formed conceptions of Tiger Woods’ behavior and
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character . Many people in the audience felt let down by Tiger and ashamed for him . It was his goal on February 19, 2010 to be accountable and remorseful for his actions . CNN reported, “Although some members of the media were invited to listen to Woods' remarks, they were not allowed to ask questions . The large majority of reporters and media were housed at least half a mile away, where they watched the event on television
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