Reconstruction of Implied Situational Understanding(s) in a Rhetorical Act Name Institution Professor Course Date Introduction To start with a rhetoric work is aimed at making communication between speakers and audience effective and engaging. Besides rhetoric is very useful in writing because it enables writers to persuade their readers that the arguments they are expressing make sense. Rhetorical speeches and writings are meant to show a specific meaning to a particular audience. Rhetorical speaking is particularly important in political careers. President Obama’s speech during his inauguration in 2009 greatly achieved the goals of rhetoric speaking and convinced Americans that they had chosen the right president. This essay is an analysis of the use of rhetoric in Obamas speech. President Obamas speech assured Americans that they were in safe hands. The speech had many ideas from Americas founding documents and the speech by Martin Luther King which led to revolution in persuades most of his audience. This speech during his inauguration was a call for unity for American people to work together even with the big challenges which were facing the nation. In rhetorical speeches the rhetor perceives the audience the exigency and the constraints in the right way so that he is able to be convincing enough. Any speech comes after a situational exegence has its constraints and rightfully influences the chosen audience. References Hart R. P. Daughton S. M. & LaVally R. (2017). Modern rhetorical criticism. Routledge. Kjeldsen J. E. (2018). Audience analysis and reception studies of rhetoric. In Rhetorical Audience Studies and Reception of Rhetoric (pp. 1-42). Palgrave Macmillan Cham. Tulis J. K. (2017). The rhetorical presidency. Princeton University Press. Wasike B. (2017). Charismatic rhetoric integrative complexity and the US presidency: An analysis of the State of the Union address (SOTU) from George Washington to Barack Obama. The Leadership Quarterly 28(6) 812-826. [...]
For this assignment, you need to start by selecting a speech, advertisement, movie, or other rhetorical composition that you think either works well (or poorly) at achieving a rhetorical goal. The aim of the assignment is for you to reconstruct (in a sense, backwards) the possible perception of the rhetorical situation that may have provided a basis for the rhetorical choices made in preparing and presenting that message. In other words, as Richard Toye might say, what did the rhetor believe about the situation (and audience) to have acted the way that he or she did? Based on your understanding and analysis of the composition or presentation, discuss plausible perceptions by the rhetor of situational exigence, audience, and constraints. Explain how or why you infer those possible perceptions from the historical context and rhetorical choices. Final essay length (4-6 pages). A good-faith rough draft will have the following: A thought-provoking and focused title An introduction that ends in a recognizable and clear thesis turn, Section headings for all the main parts you plan for the essay, A conclusion, with a complete summary of what you anticipate will be your main arguments and a clinching closing line, A list of at least three quality works cited that you actually make use of in your analysis.