Rhetorical Analysis of Obama's Speech on Race

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“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union”1 - On March the 18th 2008 Barack Obama opened his speech on race, in Philadelphia, with this sentence. From the open sentence you can see that this speech isn’t any speech, perform by any orator. It’s a speech with a main message, performed for the people, to creates a brighter future for all the American people and to change history. Obama’s speech on race was a part of his campaign while he was running for the presidential election in 2009. He speaks to the American people with the purpose to gather them and with spirit of fellowship to creates a unity and patriotism. A unity where everyone stands together and in jointly could make the world a better place for everyone, no matter …show more content…
He wants:
Everybody to get a health care
To bring all soldiers back from war
Better educations
Eliminate financial problems

As you can see there are applied many of the rhetorical tools, but Obama has also used contrast e.g. blacks versus whites, slavers versus slaveowners, etc.

In the end of Obama’s speech on race he tells a story about a black man who wanted to help a white girl, which shows emphasis between whites and blacks, and that’s what Obama wants to - to create a fellowship.

To catch the white voters Obama applies his patriotic lexicon and it is meant to comfort white ears and smoothe white fears. The black voters are presumably already gained, since he talks their issues...

Obama opens his speech with a slogan (refer to footnote 1) and he introduces the audience to the subject by referring to the Emancipation Proclamation with the sentence: “Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street […]”6, which another famous orator, Martin Luther King, also used for the opening of his legendary speech “I Have a Dream”. Martin Luther King started: “Five score years ago, a great American […]”7, but that’s not the only comparing between the two speeches. They are two black males, who both are fighting for equality for all kind of humans no matter race. Shortly, they want to change history. Through the speeches they both use the word “we”
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