Week 1 Assignment: Bias, Rhetorical Devices and Argumentation
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Week 1 Assignment: Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation Here are some of the examples that I found in the speech: The Campaigner states, “There is only one man who can rid the politics of this State of the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys” (Axia College, 2009). This is an example of gender bias because it says only one “man” can do it. I believe this is also an example of hyperbole because it is exaggerating saying only that one person can do something. “Evil domination” is an example of a personal attack ad hominem, because it is insinuating that Gettys is an evil dominator. By saying “Boss” the speaker is trying to make people think negatively of him, so this is an example of innuendo and he uses this device throughout his speech. Then there is “the fighting liberal,” which is a paradox, “friend of the working man” is a euphemism and gender bias, and “next Governor of this State” (Axia College, 2009) is wishful thinking. Kane then states, “dishonesty, the downright villainy,” which is a dysphemism, “political machine—now in complete control of the government of this State” (Axia College, 2009) is an example of scare tactics. “I made no campaign promises, because until a few weeks ago I had no hope of being elected,” (Axia College, 2009) this is a few different things like slippery slope, argument from pity, and scapegoating. ‘Now, however, I have something more than a hope,” (Axia College, 2009) is wishful thinking. “And Jim Gettys—Jim Gettys” is an example of alliteration, “has something less than a chance” (Axia College, 2009) is wishful thinking. “Every straw vote, every independent poll shows that I’ll be elected” (Axia College, 2009) is rationalization. “Now I can afford to make some promises” (Axia College, 2009) is wishful thinking. Kane also states, “The working man—The working man”...
References: Axia College. (2009). Week one materials. Retrieved April 22, 2009, from Axia College, Week One, rEsource. COM220—Research Writing Course Website.
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