Obama’s Speech on Immigration
Today in class we reviewed the three classical rhetorical appeals: pathos, ethos, and logos. Each is created by a speaker in order to influence his/her audience. Obama, skilled in the art of rhetoric, employs all three through specific strategies and moves he chooses to make when speaking.
1) Which one of the appeals stands out most to you as you listen to his speech? And how did he create that appeal? (think about didls and tone) Be specific. Include evidence from the speech to convince me (your audience that you’re correct).
2) Next consider his target audience. To whom was he directing his remarks? How do you know? Did he shift during the speech? Do you think his appeals worked differently on different audience members? How? Explain your thinking. Be specific.