Essay on Audacity Of Hope Rhetorical Analysis

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Audacity of Hope Rhetorical Analysis "My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth" - Abe Lincoln. Since it 's early beginnings, America has been a place of hope, and that standard is carried on through a speech, given by Senator Barrack Obama, called The Audacity of Hope. Obama gave this speech as the Keynote address for the 2004 Democratic National Convention. At the time, Democrat John Kerry was running for president against Republican George Bush. This speech served somewhat as an aid to John Kerry 's campaign. It was Obama 's goal to persuade not only the democrats and republicans alike to vote for John Kerry. However, in order to accomplish this goal he would also need to unite Americans as a whole. Several rhetorical methods within the text help Obama support this argument including the incorporation of both intrinsic and extrinsic proofs, his appropriate use of the kairotic moment, and present tense language as well. First of all, Obama uses intrinsic proofs to start persuading his audience. Because you cannot persuade an audience if they do not trust you, Obama must first prove that he has good character or ethos. He does so by using invented ethos. To build up his ethos with his audience Obama tells the story of how he came to be where he is today. First he tells the audience of his parents giving him his African name, Barrack, and goes on to say "in a tolerant America, your name is no barrier to…

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