COMM 240: Homework Sheet - p. 1 of 2
HOMEWORK SHEET # __5__
Name: Phuong Chu Rhetoric: Emotional Response______________________
I. Context and Situation
President George W. Bush - president of the United States at that time
-Immediate and Intended Audience(s)?
Immediate: Anyone who heard his speech either in person or through some type of mass medium
Intended: Voters in America who have the ability to help pass an amendment to protect the definition of marriage as it stands
2004, The United States of America
Civil rights activists were starting to push harder for marriage equality
-What is the author's position?
Bush is strongly against legalized gay marriage.
Marriage has been defined as a union between a man and a woman. Activists are trying to destroy this value which has always been a part of our society. Children develop better and society is stronger when the family has parents that are a man and a woman.
To vote for an amendment to permanently define marriage as being a union between a man and a woman so the states could not decide for themselves.
-Role of the rhetor?
He speaks with a tone of authority and knowledge
Knowing, concerned, urgent
IV. Rhetorical Barriers and Advantages
Audience-related - The gay people and supporters could look at this speech as an attack against them
Reputation of rhetor - Bush is well-known supporter of opposite sex marriage, and his opinion could be viewed as biased
Culture - in 2004 gay rights were just starting to make headway and not a lot of people openly supported them
Belief - from a religious standpoint many people are against the idea of same-sex marriage
Complexity - the purpose...