A Whisper Of Aids, By Mary Fisher

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The relevance of "A Whisper of AIDS" to all generations Mary Fisher tested positive for HIV in 1991. The daughter of Max Fisher, a powerful and wealthy republican, she wasn 't what most people pictured when they thought about HIV/AIDS. As such, when Fisher took the stage in 1992 and spoke out against the treatment of her disease at the Republican National Convention. She accepted the task of introducing HIV/AIDS to an audience who had previously been able to pretend that the disease had nothing to do with them and forcing them to confront their own prejudices about the disease. During the 1980s and 90s, testing positive for HIV inevitably lead to death not long after as there were no life prolonging treatments. Fisher approaches the speech as an epidemic speech; heavily relying on ethos and pathos she created compassion and connection to an audience that usually shows disinterest and silence on the topic. In this paper, I will argue that Mary Fisher 's "A Whisper of AIDS" use ethos and pathos was the most effective way to demand the end the ignorance, prejudice and silence surrounding HIV/AIDS. Throughout the paper I will analyze the speech by means of logos, pathos, and ethos.
The Approach (style and performance) Fisher approaches "A Whisper of AIDS" with a demanding tone, which shifts into compassion. The first portion of her speech is littered with statistics and logical deductive reasoning. She declares HIV/AIDS as the
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