Mary Fisher: the Struggle to Inform

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Mary Fisher: The Struggle to Inform
Demetris Vance
ITT Technical Institute (Online Division)

“A life lived in fear, Is a life half lived.” (Slaughter, 2010)
AIDS is a worldwide epidemic that has affected and is affecting millions of people. Even though it was not discovered until 1982 many stereotypes have come along with it. Mary Fisher is an AIDS community member and is not afraid to stand up and say so. Defending and helping those with HIV/AIDS and helping them spread the word instead of keeping silent. In 1991 she found out that she had contracted the disease from her second husband and now Fisher is one of the world’s leading activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS. (Newman, 2010)
On August 20, 1992, Mary Fisher addressed the
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Besides being deliberate, Fisher was understandable. She intentionally called for "courage," defining the word as "the strength to act wisely when we are most afraid." (Fisher, Inspiration Speakers Motivation Speakers, 1992) In communicating this powerful message, Fisher opened the eyes of her stereotypically closed-minded audience using the rhetorical devices of ethos, logos, and pathos. I believe her goal was to open the minds of conservatives who might have had a specific view of the AIDS problem during that time. She stressed the fact that anyone at all could contract it, and that no one was safe in order to remove the misjudgments and cause people not to be afraid to talk about. She knew that if AIDS were able to be discussed openly, then more would be done to prevent it, and more would be done to help those who had it. (tcollins7200, 2011)
Fisher touched her audience the most toward the end of her speech when she said premature goodbyes to her children to exhibit the urgent nature of her crisis. She said, "I will not hurry to leave you, my children, but when I go, I pray that you will not suffer shame on my account." (Mary Fisher, 2013)
“The virus has done a marvelous job of finding those who are Black and White, gay and straight, young and old, male and female, African and American. But we 've not yet learned to imitate the virus 's ability to enroll everyone in a single community.” [ (Fisher, Community in Search of an Identity, 2002)
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