Bias, Fallacies, and Rhetoric in Citizen Kane Speech

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Examples of Bias in the speech:
The first section of this speech, when the campaigner is talking, starts with an example of bias toward Boss Jim Gettys. The campaigner shows bias in favor of Kane against Jim Gettys, also. I think it also shows bias when Kane is speaking about “Jim Gettys having something less of a chance”. Examples of fallacies:

In making the statement “the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys”, that is an example of ad hominem, because he is attacking Gettys. The statement that Kane makes “the dishonesty, the downright villainy, of Boss Jim Gettys political machine” is an example of ad hominem, also. The campaigner uses apple-polishing about Kane being the “only one man who can rid the politics of this state”. The fallacy of false dilemma is when the campaigner says, “There is only one man who can rid the politics of this State of the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys. I am speaking of Charles Foster Kane, the fighting liberal, the friend of the working man, the next Governor of this State, who entered upon this campaign”. False dilemma is used again when Kane remarks, “Now, however, I have something more than a hope. And Jim Gettys, Jim Gettys has something less than a chance. Every straw vote, every independent poll shows that I’ll be elected”. The straw man fallacy is present when Kane says, “The working man and the slum child know they can expect my best efforts in their interests. The decent, ordinary citizens know that I’ll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed”.

Examples of Rhetorical devices used:
Hyperbole was used when Kane says “the dishonesty, the downright villainy, of Boss Jim W. Gettys’ political machine – now in complete control of the government of this State”. Alliteration is used in the statement “I’ll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed”. The Horselaugh device was used throughout the speech by making the crowd...
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