PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASS, discussion help


Respond to the post below, commenting on their analysis and where you agree or disagree with the effectiveness of the techniques used.

Post from Mr. Smith,

Hello Class and Professor,

For this discussion I chose Jesse Jackson’s address to the 1984 Democratic National Convention in which he uses the stylistic device of parallelism in his speech. “”I’ve tried to offer leadership to the Democratic Party and the Nation. If, in my high moments, I have done some good, offered some service, shed some light, healed some wounds, rekindled some hope, or stirred someone from apathy and indifference, or in any way along the way helped somebody, then this campaign has not been in vain.” Mr. Jackson uses this technique in a positive way to state the possible constructive outcomes of his involvement in the political process. This stylistic device can be very persuasive as it conjures positive images that the audience would like to relate to. Parallelism used in this context helps the audience identify with the message and provides a convincing argument without actually providing factual or statistical evidence to support the claim.  

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