Reflecting on Persuasion. What, if any, action have you taken or are you considering to take as a result of doing your own speech or listening to speeches in your lab? Did you find yourself responding most to ethos, logos, or pathos appeals? Why?
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What is the nature and function of speeches to inspire or to entertain?
What should my next assignment look like?
Ronald Reagan, “Challenger Speech” January 28,1986. (W p. 81)
Jot down the values you hear praised
4. What was special about the people being honored?
5. How does their example encourage us?
Special Occasion Speeches
The ancient Greeks called this epideictic oratory.
SP To commemorate America’s veterans with my audience.
CI America’s veterans have demonstrated remarkable courage, sacrifice, and determination all around the world.
George W. Bush Sept. 14, 2001
6. Who are we as a people?
7. How should we act?
The Horror of it All by Julie Daggett (T p. 475)
SP: To entertain my audience by detailing my love-hate relationship with horror movies.
Special Occasion Speeches
Using language to enhance the impact of your ideas
Creative use of imagery and rhythm can help your ideas be remembered and can help create the mood appropriate for the occasion.
One feature of vivid language is imagery.
The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling bowl wouldn't.
The man was as tall as a six-foot three inch tree.
The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can.
Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
A second feature of vivid language is rhythm.
Aunt Lucille by Misty Miller (W pp. 87)
SP: To entertain my audience with tales of my Great Aunt and her peculiarities
“The Massachusetts 54th”
To inspire my audience with the story of the bravery, patriotism and sacrifice of the Massachusetts 54th.
“My Crazy Aunt Sue”
To inspire my audience by showing how my aunt lives life fully in the face of a painful disability.
8. “And so you need not, probably cannot, live a paint by numbers life.”
9. “Those human connections—with spouses, with children, with friends—are the most important investments you will ever make.”
10. “Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”
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Good luck with your last speeches!
Nelson Mandela by Nyimeawia Ollor
SP: To celebrate with my audience the commitment, the sacrifice and the perseverance of Nelson Mandela.