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Analysis Of Left Handed Commencement Address

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The speech that I chose to analyze is called, “A Left-Handed Commencement Address” by Ursula K. Le Guin who was a science fiction writer, and has many honorary and awards. She was offered to give this speech for the Mills college class of 1983 for a way to speak in public in the language of women. As I chose my speech, I often thought of why this speech was called a, “left-handed commencement address”. It comes from one of the novels that this specific person wrote called, “The left-hand of darkness”. This novel was known as one of her best works and she is also known as being one of the era’s best female feminist thinkers.
The target audience is clearly women, in one of her first sentences of this was “I know there are men graduation,
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When it comes to things like gender equality, and feminism people are going to have their own feelings and opinions about these certain subjects. It could bring strong, sympathetic, angry, or uninterested. Either way, it brings you some type of emotion to create pathos. She also uses words like “we” and “us” to involve herself with the audience to make feel what she’s feeling. One thing she states that “If we want to live as women, some separatism is forced upon us: Mills College is a wise embodiment of that separatism. The war-games world wasn’t made by us or for us; we can’t even breathe the air there without masks” (1).
Logos is an appeal to logic, and is a way of persuading an audience by reason. The way she used logos is by talking about how men have always been the one in charge, or in the past the only one to be able to accomplish things in life, and not feel so inferior to men, so why can’t women do that. One example from the passage says, “All that the Warrior denies and refuses is left to us and the men who share it with us and therefore, like us, can’t play doctor, only nurse, can’t be warriors, only civilians, can’t be chiefs, only Indians. Well so that is our country. The night side of our country. If there is a day side to it, high sierras, prairies of bright grass, we only know pioneers’ tales about it, we haven’t got there yet. We’re never going to get there by
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