Obamas Victory Speech 2012 Analysis Essay

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Analysis of Barack Obama’s victory speech 2012

Obama starts off by including the people. He speaks out to every American, incorporates the people, and thanks them. He makes it clear that he is trying to make the people feel integrated into his speech. The first part of the speech is Obama thanking people around him, even his competitor Mitt Romney. He speaks about how America is now, and how he is going to sort it in the future. His main claim is that together America can build up the nation, and recover from the problems. As data he does say, that the American Economy is already recovering. By including America like this, he makes the people feel that they are a part of a nation, and this makes him seem more reliable. He does, however,
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It all depends on trust. He does make himself seem more truthful; for instance he refers to god, which is something the majority of America can relate to. When he is using such a sensitive subject as god, it could be interpreted as pathos, since he is appealing to the receiver’s feelings.

He uses a lot of rhetorical devices, for example, he uses antitheses when he says: “ It’s not small, it’s big” (p.2 l.49), and later on in the speech “black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight”(p.4 l.128). This makes his message stronger and clearer. Furthermore, he uses an apostrophe in the ending, when he speaks directly to god. When he speaks directly to America, this could also be a form of apostrophes; the result of this is that the listener relies more to Obama, since he is trying to reach their feelings. He also uses metaphors: “Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you put in” (p.1 l.35). This makes Obama’s message come out greater, and makes it easier for the people to relate to it and understand it. Another rhetorical device Obama takes use of is repetition of words. He makes it very clear throughout his speech that he is trying to include the Americans, and he does repeat this several times. This makes the people think more

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