Choose a famous speech to analyze and incorporate the following into the analysis.
- Discuss who you think the intended audience is for the speech.
- Provide three or more examples of figures and tropes used by the speaker. (See Chapter 8.) What effect do you think these had on the delivery of the speech?
- Analyze the speech using the canons of rhetoric from this week’s lesson: invention, arrangement, delivery, and style. Did the speaker demonstrate a mastery of all four canons? Please provide specific examples.
Here is a list of famous speeches to choose from.
Barbara Bush’s Commencement Speech at Wellesley College:
Jim’s 1993 ESPY Speech from V Foundation for Cancer Research:
“The Ballot or the Bullet,” Malcolm X:
“Inaugural Address,” John F. Kennedy:
“1976 DNC Keynote Address,” Barbara Jordan:
“I Have a Dream,” Martin Luther King:
Mr. Rogers Lifetime Achievement Speech:
ContentPointsDescription of audience: There is a clear understanding of the audience of the speech and considerations made to engage the audience. 10 points
Examples: Specific examples are utilized to illustrate key tropes, techniques, and ideas to describe the effectiveness of the speech and its delivery. 15 Points
Analysis: The canons of rhetoric are used to provide a thoughtful analysis of the invention, arrangement, delivery, and style of the speech. 20 Points
Style and format is unified and adheres to APA standards. 5 Points
Total 50 Points