Principal Joe Clark

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Principal Joe Clark addresses to East Side High students as the new principal By: Morgan Freeman

In the movie “Lean on Me” Principal Joe Clark gives a speech on the students who waste time at the school doing nothing but keep the others from learning, and corrupting those around them. That now he is removing all those who were in that group and concentrating on the others who are the key to improve this school. Which he explains that they must take a test that will help keep this school the way it is. By persuading them through fear of not succeeding in life, that they are responsible for what they do and how it affects them. In this speech Mr. Clark uses the logos and ethos persuasive techniques. He uses facts and statistics like: “In two weeks we have a practice exam and a minimum basic skills test on April 13th. That's a hundred and ten school days from now.” He then uses religious words “Ghosts are spirits that rise from the dead. I want you to be my ghosts. You are going to lead our resurrection by defying the expectation that all of us are doomed to failure.” The way how he uses these techniques shows that he has character, and earns respect from the readers and those listening. Mr. Clark uses several rhetorical devices in his speech like: repetition, parallelism, and restatement. In a few lines he repeats the same word in different line “But we call our East Side teams "ghosts," don't we? And what are ghosts? Ghosts are spirits that rise from the dead. I want you to be my ghosts.” He also uses the same idea several times “I don't want you to blame your parents. I don't want you to blame the white man!” Then he rephrases one line twice “you are all expurgated. You are dismissed! You are out of here forever.” The use of these rhetorical devices will get the audience’s attention to stay on track of the speech and to understand.
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