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Aristotle’s Artistic Proofs Exemplified through Political Discourse Aristotle’s Artistic Proofs Exemplified through Political Discourse Following the September 11 th Attacks Anonymous Seton Hall University Abstract The attacks on the United States of America on September 11, 2001 not only changed the course of United States history but also gave way to a new opportunity for rhetoric. Many Americans were seeking answers in a time of devastation and turned to current president at the time George W. Bush for the Answers. Given the opportunity to address the nation George W.
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Bush gave a presidential address from the oval office that consoled a nation and offered him credibility as a leader and political figure. The rhetoric he provided exercised Aristotle’s artistic proofs of ethos, logos and pathos. Keywords: Political Rhetoric, September 11, 2011, Artistic Proofs, Ethos, Logos, Pathos On September 11, 2001, terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and carried out suicide attacks against various targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon, while the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, believed to be on its way to the White House before the crash. The attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, causing the United States to take initiatives to combat terrorism overseas. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Following the attacks the current President George W. Bush gave a national address to the American People. The first of many speeches to be given, Bush was presented with the opportunity to deliver a
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clear and concise message to the American people as well as the global community. Throughout this speech Bush employed not just one but all three of Aristotle’s artistic proofs to convey successful rhetoric to a nation looking for answers. In this essay I will argue that George W. Bush used Aristotle’s three artistic proofs ethos, pathos, and logos to deliver effective rhetoric that united the nation as a whole. In this essay I will define Aristotle’s artistic proofs and give adequate examples of how they are used appropriately in the rhetoric presented by George W. Bush following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. I will argue that Bush employed all three proofs to collaborate an elaborate and credible presentation of information, which convinced the American people of the strength of the United States government. Ethos refers to the appeal of ethics, and therefore convincing the audience that the rhetoric being presented is not only credible, but that the character of the rhetor is also credible. Aristotle said, "Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think hum credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided . . . his character
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  • Spring '14
  • Dr.Kimble
  • Rhetoric, Al-Qaeda, War on Terrorism

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