Hillary Clinton's Speech Analysis

November 8, 2016. The most important date in recent American history, perhaps the world, as the nation has to choose between the lesser of two evils: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Nevertheless, will these candidates stay true to their nomination speeches or follow the age old tradition of contradicting their messages? Both these nominees are infamous but their candidate speeches are powerful and impactful because of the usage of rhetorics. For the most part, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton utilize the same rhetorical styles in their speeches; however, the way of incorporating those styles makes their political messages unique: for Trump ,a broken system that only order can repair; for Clinton, hope and the American promise . Both presidential …show more content…
This is apparent later on in her speech, when she tells the country, “If you believe that companies should share profits with their workers not paid executive bonuses, join us. If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage...and no one working full time should raise their children in poverty...join us. If you believe that every man, woman and child in America has the right to affordable health care...join us”(Clinton 13). The phrases “If you believe” and “join us” is echoed throughout this part of her speech, which makes it an anaphora rhetoric. The purpose for this rhetorical style is to reinforce her political message: hope and the American promise can fix the nation. Not only that, but it is comforting to hear that despite the problems and doubts, there is someone to turn to as the voice of reason. Overall she utilizes anaphora in a positive connotation, as a voice of support in time of need to support her political statement of hope and unity; whereas Trump uses it in a pessimistic manner to highlight the nation’s issues such as the American broken system. Not only do both speakers (can’t do a proper transition …show more content…
When Clinton talks about real American strength she mentions Jackie Kennedy’s answer,“She said that what worried President Kennedy during that dangerous time was that a war might be started-not by big men with self control and restraint. But by little men- the ones moved by fear and pride”(Clinton 16). There are multiple references of anthesis in her statements. The stark differences of ‘big men’ and ‘little men’ and discipline ‘self control and restraint’ contrasting with expressive emotions ‘fear and pride’ are all examples of antithesis. This rhetoric supports her political message because it gives hope not towards the expected, but to the underdogs. Overall, Trump demonstrates the use of antithesis by making his ideal America well rounded, on the other hand, Clinton focuses on idealizing the American promise by incorporating…(more analysis and transition

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