Language

The language used by Barack Obama in his 2008 victory speech can be described as clear and rhetorically interesting – it is easy to follow and to remember thanks to vivid images, repeti…

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Choice of words

The choice of words reflects a formal style – “has not perished from the Earth” (l. 68) – with occasional informal language – “the new puppy” (l. 39).

The words chosen by the speaker are often evocative, related to historical events and their link to present American politics. Obama creates a contrast between negative words which describe t…

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Tone

Barack Obama’s overall tone when he delivers the speech is serious and determined. This is also indicated by gestures such as touching his thumb and index fingers or pointing with his index finger. However, most of the time the speaker relies on his facial expression, looking …

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Personal stories and anecdotes

Apart from the light-hearted personal story about Obama’s daughters receiving a new puppy (ll. 38-39), the speaker also alludes to his recent…

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Rhetorical devices

Rhetorical devices are used to make a speaker’s arguments appealing and memorable, helping them achieve their intention of creating a connection with their audience and encouraging the audience to accept their arguments.

Barack Obama uses a number of different rhetorical devices in his 2008 victory speech, which you can read about below. 

Alliteration

Alliteration means repeating the same letter at the beginning of successive or connected words, with the purpose of creating a sound effect that makes ideas more memorable. The speaker uses alliteration in the following examples to emphasize the idea that his campaign was supported by the people: “Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards…” (ll. 56-57).

In another instance, the speaker creates alliteration to stress the idea of corrupted politics: “…the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics…” (ll. 109-110).

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Forms of appeal

Forms of appeal are rhetorical strategies used by Barack Obama to obtain a favorable reaction to his arguments from the audience. His 2008 victory speech is characterized by intensive use of ethos. Nevertheless, there are also a few instances of pathos and logos that you can discuss.

Logos

The speaker appeals to reason when he mentions facts that support his views, or when he includes logical arguments. For example, he gives factual examples to support the idea that the US is going through challenging times: “we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime –  two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.” (ll. 73-75).

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