A rhetorical analysis
Bono's acceptance speech to the NAACP
Bono Vox, Co-founder of DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa) and lead singer of U2, in his commencement speech to NAACP, Bono’s speech is full of passion and hopes to mean inspire people to do as he did, and fight for a change. Bono’s purpose is to inspire people to make a difference in this world. He adopts an informal tone in order to connect with and motivate his primary audience, and to engage his secondary audience to the rest of the world. “Well today the world looks again to the NAACP. We need the community that taught the world about civil rights to teach it something about human rights”(3) Bono used these phrases to hit a spot in the audience, to make them feel that his purpose is not to just help a group of people, but rather to help the world. “We can be the generation”, People can make a change, and people can actually put an end to poverty in Africa. It might be expensive but it is possible. Bono’s acceptance speech uses emotions in many to show a strong point of view. As the speech starts we can see Bono using a humorous approach to the introduction of his speech.(1) He says, “Wow. Shee! Tyra banks you are gorgeous! I was a finalist in Ireland’s Next Top Model.” He uses humor to get the audience in a comfortable position. “I’m also – you know, when people talk about the greatness of America, I just think of the NAACP, that what I think of, it genuinely comes to my head”. Bono uses Logos here by comparing the NAACP to America; he is catching the audience’s attention by referring to the NAACP as something much bigger and better than an organization to help people. Bono is saying that the NAACP is as big as America, and does great...
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