Rhetorical Analysis Of Hamilton An American Musical

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Difficult Decisions According to Lin-Manuel Miranda, there will be ups and downs in everyone's lives. Times where one feels like a lost ship at sea. But, like that ship, one must decide whether to sink or float. Wisdom from writers as successful as he is, with his Tony award-winning musical, Hamilton: An American Musical, is valid and should be applied to difficult situations. This is where motivational speeches like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s come in. Speeches like these are the places where people find inspiration, strength, and purpose. When Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks at the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2016, he shows the new class of 2016 that life is an open field of opportunity. He comforts their worries with particularly relatable …show more content…
The speech itself is a great example of Logos because its meaning states that it is a type of argument based on reason, this usually means there is plenty of evidence, and sways the reader by using logical reasons. Throughout the text, there are examples of Logos, one of which is, “ I spend the summer in therapy. I tell a lot of stories I’ve never told before… I stop cracking my shoulder.” (Miranda). This quote is from his story about his college days when Miranda had stress problems about his relationship with his high school sweetheart. This quote is also an example of Logos in Miranda’s writing because Miranda uses this detail to logically exploit the idea of making decisions based on oneself’s own will and needs to be successful and fulfilled. Therefore, Lin-Manuel Miranda recalled this following experience with us, he gave one Logos piece of evidence: “ And then the good part: Nina’s story that we fought to tell, keeps coming back around in my life. It comes around in letters, or in the countless young men and women who find me on the subway or on college campuses and… I think to myself as these strangers tell me their Nina stories, “I do understand.” (Miranda). This is an example of Logos because by using this quote Lin-Manuel Miranda is conveying a logical …show more content…
Miranda also uses Pathos in his speech by appealing to the audience's emotions when he explains how he knew how hard things were and how some families had made “miracles” happen to get to that graduation. In the end, it is Logos that becomes the focus of the speech from the format of the speech. The major parts of the speech are in his stories, because personal experiences are examples and fall under Logos category, Logos is the main device used, and therefore, the most effective one. The excellency of this speech is usually derived from how efficient a speech is at conveying the author’s message and the information. Lin-Manuel Miranda was particularly great at efficiently conveying his message using logos. His speech was meant to inspire people to do great things, to motivate everyone. This speech is applicable in everything one does that have seemed hard at first or impossible. In all, Lin-Manuel Miranda did present an amazing speech with a powerful message, one everyone could learn

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