Denzel Washington Rhetorical Speech

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In order to deliver a successful speech, there are countless qualities that must be present to reach both the emotional and logical sense within a crowd. Through the use of rhetorical strategies and by remaining credible, a speaker or an author can connect with their audience; getting them involved with their writing. In May of 2011, a man by the name of Denzel Washington used multiple rhetorical strategies to deliver a graduation speech at the University of Pennsylvania. While revealing all of the difficult times that he had gone through while in college and discovering what career he wanted to pursue, he inspired millions of people, leaving a profound effect upon the world. Now, with millions of fans, Washington is a famous actor that has starred in numerous movies such as Courage Under Fire, Crimson Tide, and Malcolm X. Washington, along with the authors: Aristotle, Peter Elbow, and Donald Murray, and many others, have made a big difference in the world, simply by using rhetorical strategies. The rhetorical strategy, repetition, not only works to get the audience involved, it also makes the point of the speech clear and helps appeal to the audience's emotion. Washington explained that he honestly never understood why he would want to fall back on something, instead, he wanted to fall forward, therefore; he would be able to see where he’s actually going to fall. “Fall forward. Here’s what I mean: Reggie Jackson struck out twenty-six-hundred times in his career—the most in

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