Rhetorical Pentagon Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical pentagon

Topic
Reader
Speaker
Language – How is the topic presented; Vocabulary, Tone, Style.
Circumstance

Modes of persuasion/ Rhetorical appeals (Appelformer)
1. Ethos – The speakers ability to establish credibility /trust.
2. Pathos – Appeals to emotions, affects the subconscious, often use of adjectives. (Language)
3. Logos – Appeals to logic, via facts and statistics.

Discourse- Choice of words/The way you choose to say something.
Them/us, I/we

President Obama’s speech at prayer vigil for Newtown shooting victims (Full transcript)
By Washington Post Staff December 16, 2012

Rhetorical pentagon on Obamas speech:

Topic: “The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown,
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All of America and maybe the entire world.
The prayer vigil. People who has lost family and friends.
It was broadcasted on national television.

Speaker: Barack Obama, the president of the united states. Might be the most popular person in the country and world. His position gives the speaker ethos, which appeals to the reader’s credibility and trust. The ethos of a president or any other politician, gives a credibility in politics and legislation and in this circumstance, the gun law.
Not being rude. No logos because of the situation.
Very clearly uses pathos.
Also a part of the Americans
Language:

Circumstance: Post- massacre, school shooting at Newtown. It’s a prayer vigil (Which is a ceremony where you mourn for the lost ones). An ideal platform for
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Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day.
“For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands.””

Do not give up, and do not lose faith in America.

Rhetorical questions:
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“And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations?

Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?

Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return?

Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?”

We/I (The answer to the Rhetorical

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