RHET 120 - Obama A More Perfect Union

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RHET 120 Barack Obama’s A More Perfect Union Barack Obama utilizes an emotional appeal, or pathos, in his speech, A More Perfect Union . Emotional, or pathos appeals are meant to evoke sentimentality to convince the audience . He employs this strategy when speaking on the indifferences between the white and black community: “But I have asserted a firm conviction- a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people- that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.” Obama tries to persuade his audience by instilling the feelings of pride and faith in our country and that
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Unformatted text preview: working together would move us past our racial woes. Obama also employs this strategy towards the end of his speech when he tells the story of Ashley Baia: “And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer.” Ashley’s touching story persuades by appealing to the emotions of sadness and misfortune. Obama utilizes this experience to convince the audience of the true reasons why people support his campaign. It is not because of race that Obama stresses the importance of his presidential campaign, but it is to help make a difference in the lives of others....
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  • Spring '11
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