Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of Barack Obama 's Speech

1000 Words Feb 29th, 2016 null Page
On September 6, 2012, President Barack Obama used ethos and pathos in his Democratic Nomination Acceptance Address to deceive his audience into voting for him. Through pathos, Barack Obama targets families struggling to pay for necessities like a home or schooling, parents who have a child in college, and students with dreams who have a low chance of succeeding due to financial situation or legal status, into voting for him. Pathos is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response. In this specific part of the speech, Barack Obama begins to talk about why he ran for president. He begins talking about jobs and how they were moving overseas and families who had no money to pay anything, he states, “And by 2008 we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn 't, folks racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition, put gas in the car or food on the table”( Page 2). President Obama is talking about struggling families and how he started his career by helping people. He then goes on to say how tough the situation got in 2008 when people were struggling. Pathos is appealing to emotions of the audience, making the audience feel a certain way. This piece of evidence is specifically pointed at those who suffered great damage during the great recession. This piece of the speech has no meaning to anyone who was financially stable during…

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