Rhetorical Analysis Of Waiting For Superman

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The documentary Waiting for Superman uses several rhetorical strategies and appeals in order to effectively get its purpose across to the audience. The purpose of the documentary is to persuade people that public schools must be changed drastically for the better. This would ensure that a multitude of students, if not all students, would be given better chances to succeed in life at the correct and required academic levels. The message is efficaciously relayed to the audience, which is comprised of anyone who is part of the school system, whether that be parents, students, principals, superintendents, presidents, or anyone else who can and is willing to make an effective change to the school system. The message delivered in the film is very effective in persuading the audience due to the use of ethos, pathos, logos, and metaphors, among various other rhetorical techniques. Waiting for Superman begins with Geoffrey Canada talking about his childhood school life and how had he not gone to a private school, he would not be where he is today; the president of Harlem Children’s Zone. Canada remembers when he was a kid asking when Superman was going to come save his school and town, and the feeling of heartache he dealt with after learning of Superman non-existence. Canada relied upon a metaphor when he mentions Superman by connecting Superman, who always can and will save the day, with someone who has the power to save the lives of students by making changes to the school system

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