Rhetorical Analysis Of Michelle Obama's Speech

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A Rhetorical Analysis of Michelle Obama’s 2016 DNC Speech At the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama the first lady at the time, was endorsing the democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Using her personal connection with the president and Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama creates a more personal speech. With her credibility as first lady, use of her family and her platform she lead as first lady, she persuades the audience to spread Hillary Clinton’s campaign message. Michelle Obama uses the rhetorical devices including, anaphora, several allusions, and imagery to strengthen her 3 appeals and persuade her audience. In her Speech, Michelle Obama uses anaphora; the regular repetition of the same word or…show more content…
And there but for the grace of God go I.” In this quote she referenced God and she also lead up to it with a strong christian saying and motivator often used when crisis hits such as a hurricane or other natural disaster. The second allusion was a historical allusion, and although it was a weaker reference it was an impactful phrase. She states, “I want … a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.” Another common statement used by politicians, in reference to the constitution, and the founding fathers. It is a powerful phrase because, first it is a litote at Donald Trump and it is also evoked a lot of American pride. The final allusion that Mrs. Obama used in her speech was a military allusion, in reference to the heroes that step up and are taught by this great country’s military. The speech states, “Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.” She references this because it was a relevant topic in the news and another topic that more people could connect with, as many of this country’s citizens have family that are in or have served in our military.

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