Assignment: Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation
The examples of bias are: The working man and the slum child are a gender bias. Kane is only pointing out that men are the only ones working and that all the children are slum. Kane makes a statement about “the decent, ordinary citizens know that I’ll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed.” I feel this could be a begging the question fallacy; it is as if he is saying that the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed are not the decent, ordinary citizen he is talking about. Kane goes and does an ad hominen fallacy when he starts attacking Boss Jim W. Gettys by calling him dishonest and a downright villainy. I think the campaigner used a political bias when he said “there is only one man who can rid the politics of this state of the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys. This may also be an ad hominen fallacy. The campaigner also used a hyperbole rhetorical device, he exaggerated about Kane being the next Governor of the state, and there is no proof that Kane is or will be the next Governor. When Kane uses these two sentences: “Now, however, I have something more than a hope”. “And Jim Gettys—Jim Gettys has something less than a chance”. Is a metaphor rhetorical device that is used to compare two different things in the same sentence. Kane the speaker I do not feel he made any real arguments. He stated he will do everything in his power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed. He never actually states what he is going to do. Kane never says why he is the best person to be Governor. There are no examples or plans of what he will do; good for the state as Governor. How would people be able to vote for him not knowing his plan or ideas for the state? I do not feel there were any counterarguments. Kane’s only argument was to get Boss Jim W. Gettys out from being Governor, he did not give any real reasons why just...
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