Topic: Rhetorical Analysis
This assignment asks you to watch, analyze, and evaluate one of the following speeches.
The Rhetorical Analysis should take the form of a formal essay—that is, it should have a thesis statement, properly constructed paragraphs and a conclusion.
Essentially, a Rhetorical Analysis amounts to an evaluation of the effectiveness of a given speech that is justified with reference to specific aspects of the speech. You should begin by asking yourself what the speech was trying to do, and to what extent it succeeded? You should then choose and discuss elements of the speech that support your evaluation. You will not be able to discuss every aspect of the speech in 1500 words, so you will need to focus on those elements that are most significant for the speech and your own evaluation. In essence, your discussion will need to be selective.
Be sure to use appropriate course terminology and discuss meaningful aspects of the speech.
Note: Although the title of this assignment shares a word with “Rhetorical Devices,” a rhetorical analysis does not ask you to focus specifically or exclusively on the use of rhetorical devices in a speech. Do not make the mistake of simply listing and discussing the devices in the speech. Instead, write a global analysis of the speech that addresses the use of rhetorical devices only if and when it is necessary to support your larger argument.
The evaluation of this assignment will be based on:
1. The correctness, clarity and style of the writing.
2. Your identification of significant elements of the speech, and your general ability to engage meaningfully with the speech.
3. The extent to which your evaluation is supported by a perceptive and persuasive discussion of the elements of the speech you have chosen to focus on.
Speeches you can use for this assignment : (Choose just one)
Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address
Hillary Clinton’s 1995 Speech on Women’s Rights
Stephen Harper’s Victory Speech from the 2011 Election
Emma Watson’s 2014 Speech at the UN
Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Justin Trudeau’s “Canadian Liberty and the Politics of Fear”
Note: If you are not familiar with the context of the speech you have chosen, you may need to do a little research.