Rhetorical Analysis Of Ellen Degeneres

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“Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.”– Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen DeGeneres is one of America's most well known comedians and also a very prominent gay/lesbian role model for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. From 2013 till today, she has been the host of an award winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres is also a twelve-time Emmy award winner, an actress, a producer, and an animal rights activist. This rhetoric analysis essay will revolve around her commencement speech given to the graduating class of Tulane University in May 2009. DeGeneres incorporated humor in her speech in order…show more content…
Graduation day is one of the most important and exciting events in the life of any student. Universities invite politicians, notable honorable citizens, artists or even celebrities to be the keynote speaker. The speaker has the freedom to express himself/herself on his or her own unique way. The Tulane University class of 2009 or “Katrina Class” were honored to have Ellen DeGeneres not only congratulate them, but give them a commencement speech also. They got the name “Katrina Class” for being the survivors of the devastating Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. DeGeneres, known for her captivating personality, addressed a commencement speech that was inspirational, humorous, personal, and appropriate for the situation at the Louisiana Superdome on May 9, 2009. DeGeneres uses humor in most of her speech, but also shares the hardships she went through before her huge success. She does this to inspire and motivate the…show more content…
A talk show opportunity was offered to her and a lot of questions and doubts filled her head. DeGeneres cut the chase and wanted to live her true self so she came out. All she wanted was to be genuinely happy and honest with her audience, mostly for her own joy. As a consequence, her show was cancelled and the phone didn’t ring for three years. Her only happiness relied on the gay people who were suicidal or depressed wrote her letters and said they didn’t harm themselves thanks to her courage and determination to be free. Even though the price of coming out cost her to lose everything, she still had a purpose and her reward was her freedom. Her message to the class was that the most important goal in life is to be true to what you are. It does not matter what ethnicity, sexual orientation or political ideals you
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