Rhetorical Analysis Of Barack Obama Speech Essay

1400 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
In 2008 when America was in a period of financial crisis, it seemed like nothing could change the downward trajectory path, which it was taking. It seemed like the American dream and all of the great prospects that defined America were lost. However this was also the year that the current 44th president of the United States of America was elected, Barack Obama, the first African American president. This greatly respected individual was previously a civil rights lawyer, a teacher, and a community organizer. Following his triumph in the presidential election on November 4, 2008 he gave the “Yes We Can” speech, in front of 240,000 people and millions more watching behind screens. The people watching him speak were people who sided with the democrats and were “left wingers” majority of them being Americans. President Barack Obama effectively uses rhetorical strategies to get his points across, which are the major issues facing America and how they have to face it as a country. He similarly includes structural elements to persuade his audience toward his cause. Likewise he incorporates style into his speech to influence his audience. Obama uses rhetorical devices to his advantage in his speech. One of the reoccurring persuasive techniques that he uses in his dialogue is Pathos. He uses Pathos to get his audience to become emotional towards his cause, and invest them-self within his concerns. This is clear when he says, “let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and…

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