February 25th, 2013
Politics of Good and Bad Writing
Politics is the art of influencing people on a topic or an individual level. The reason why some political figures are more memorable and praised is because they know the difference between good writing and bad writing. George Bush demonstrates bad writing by using meaningless words, dying metaphors and verbal false limbs; on the other hand, Barack Obama is superior at creating good writing by using parallelism, imagery, rhythm and evoking emotion.
In his first inaugural address, George bush displays bad writing through the use of meaningless words, dying metaphors and verbal false limbs and as a result creates a bored audience. Meaningless words or phrases are accumulated throughout each paragraph of the Bush's speech, like "our nations has sometimes halted" or "faith in freedom and democracy." These words are not meaningless but when used in the context of a political speech, they are repeated so many times by so many politicians that they lose meaning to the audience causing a less powerful speech. Secondly, Bush's statement, "America's faith in freedom and democracy was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations" is entirely made up of dying metaphors which make the speech loose vividness. Bush repeats the offense by stating, "some needs and hurts are so deep they will only respond to a mentor's touch or a pastor's prayer." Finally, Bush uses verbal false limbs like, "which give direction to" or "to call for," to add information or more words to the speech but in turn they take away from the purpose of the speech. Therefore, Bush's use of meaningless words, dying metaphors and verbal false limbs results in a inattentive audience.
In contrast, good writing uses parallelism, imagery, rhythm ,evokes emotion and is tied...