Professor Kevin Jackson
12 February 2013
An Age of An Evil Empire: Ronald Reagan’s Response to the USSR Rhetoric is as simple as persuasion in an essay, speech, or any other form of literature. In The Rhetoric & The Poetics of Aristotle, Aristotle quotes rhetoric in a common topic such as man. “It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed of an inability to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of an inability to defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs,” (Good).
This use of rhetoric or persuasion is literally seen every day and everywhere you look. Throughout history, famous literature, speeches, and other works of art have been known to show from little to a lot of rhetorical strategies/techniques. Take for example, the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Junior: I Have a Dream. Given on August 28, 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial, his speech contained many rhetorical strategies under categories such as ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos in a nutshell means credibility. Writers or those that deliver a speech display ethos by being respected, as well as trustworthy. The audience strives for that person delivering a speech to actually understand the topic he or she is expressing. Logos means how it sounds, logic. It is the use of appealing in intellect to an audience usually relying heavily on statistics and facts. Using a logical connection like this is used to support many positions. Lastly there is pathos. Pathos connects the audience on more of an emotional level. Speech makers usually connect through an audience with the use of pathos by communicating a story or values. Through the use of a story, the audience can connect more emotionally.
On March 8th 1983, President Ronald Reagan traveled to Orlando, Florida. His audience was the National Association of Evangelicals with his speech titled Evil Empire. The...
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