Bias and Rhetorical Devies

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Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session”

This speech was geared toward the girls and woman around the world. It was presented at a U.N. Women’s Conference in Beijing. Hilary Clinton spoke about the rights women should receive under human rights. In her speech she used a political approach and expressed a political bias and a gender bias. I recognized a couple rhetorical devices in this speech. The first one that really grabbed my attention was, “It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated”. Another one was, “If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well”. The fallacies I found in this speech was, “As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized”

I really felt Hilary Clinton presented her speech in a direct but persuasive matter to open both ears and eyes while listening to it. She really met all the requirements for stating an argument and protecting against counter arguments by stating factual information.

After listening to audio clip, I really felt that Hilary Clinton arguments were effective. Her speech was sound and extremely empowering. She brought topics to light and showed the importance of her argument. It showed...
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