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Critique of a Political Speech
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
[name of student] [name of professor] [subject] [date] THE THREE APPEALS, ETHOS, LOGOS, AND PATHOS: OBAMA’S INAUGURATION SPEECH The speech which I find appropriate for this paper and the application of the three appeals – logos, ethos, and pathos would be the Inaugural speech of United States President Barack Obama, delivered during his proclamation as President on January 20, 2009.
For the first appeal, or Ethos, it is usually utilized for the description of the speaker’s credibility or authority in the subject he is talking on. It presents the questions, what authority does the speaker to talk on the topic or “is the speaker knowledgeable enough?” Ethos also pertains to the charisma of the speaker, on whether he has captured or garnered the respect of his audience for them to listen to what he has to convey. In the speech of Obama, it is clear that the element or appeal of Ethos is present. Since it is Obama’s inaugural speech as the 44th President of the United States, he obviously has the authority, charisma, and trust of the audience. In his speech, he reminds the audience of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, offers his thanks and gratefulness for his victory and at the same time, and recognizes the enormous responsibility he is to undertake from his predecessors. Typical to many political speeches, ethos is established during the introduction where a speaker attempts to garner the trust and confidence of his audience. He posits in the initial paragraphs of his Inaugural speech, “Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. ...
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