Rhetorical Analysis Of ' A More Perfect Union ' Essay examples

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“Out of many, we are truly one” says Obama as he recited his “A More Perfect Union” speech. Many people had the opinion that Barack Obama’s orating skills were completely poor. They claim that he was “clumsy with language”. However, others feel as though his speech was powerful and brilliant. Obama spoke about race and equality which is often a touchy subject for some individuals. His willingness to say things in public about race that are rarely spoken was the main focus. Many people wondered why Obama’s speech was so effective even though he had “clumsy language”. Well, in Roy Peter Clark’s “A More Perfect Union’: Why It Worked”, he breaks down exactly what rhetorical strategies Obama used in order to deliver such a successful speech. They are the power of allusion, parallel constructions, “two-ness” of the texture and himself as a character.
Moreover, in the allusion section, Clark alludes Obama’s speech to Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech. Both Obama and Dr. King wanted to unite the world despite races. An effective element both men used in their speech is making allusions. Dr. King’s framing of racial equality in familiar patriotic terms made his speech resonate: “This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, ‘My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’ This historical and biblical allusion conveys King’s…

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