Rhetorical Analysis Essay on "The Text of Obama's Inaugural Speech"

Rhetorical Analysis Essay on "The Text of Obama
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Going through the transcript of President Obama’s Inaugural Speech, I cannot help but be moved by the inspiring words enunciated by a President who ascended to power during America’s financial crisis. The inaugural speech is likened to a battle march as he recalls how our forebears met their challenges when this country was still in its infancy…

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The speech feels like the fresh morning dew that soothes our doubting soul as we traverse the scorching heat and difficulty of a financial crisis. The speech intended to lift us from our debilitating skepticism about ourselves and our world to believe once more in the enduring spirit that made America “the prosperous, most powerful nation on earth”. It is a speech where all the three rhetorical concepts of pathos, ethos and logos were astutely utilized not only to deliver a message, but also to touch and affect its audience. To underscore further President Obama’s message of hope, he used pathos or emotion as a primary medium for him to get his message across and for the audience to relate to him. It is very noticeable in that inaugural address, that the word “I” was sparingly used and was only mentioned twice. First, it was only mentioned in the opening statement which was in the context of humility that he is grateful of the trust that was bestowed upon him and “mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors”.  The second time that President Obama mentioned it was in a collective context involving the audience by saying “today I say to you that the challenges we face are real”. ...
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