Senator John F. Kennedy
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy Announcing his Candidacy for the Presidency of the United States, January 2, 1960. Courtesy of http://www.jfklibrary.org
Your Rhetorical Analysis Paper
In order to complete this assignment, you will need to:
- Select a presidential address (any of the four styles discussed in class) from current day or history that offers an opportunity to analyze elements of the speech making process.
- Obtain a manuscript copy of the speech and/or video footage if possible or relevant
- Obtain background information regarding the purpose of the speech, the setting, the speaker objectives, the audience perceptions/expectations, the reactions to the speech, and the impacts of the speech.
In the text of the paper, you will need to:
- Formulate a position/opinion you have about the speech.
- Sample: The Gettysburg Address was originally poorly received by the American public because it failed to adequately address the occasion.
- Include a preview statement.
- Sample: This paper will explore the audience’s perceptions of the address’s inadequacies by looking first at the topic expectations, second, expectations of the speaker, and finally expectations for the occasion.
- The paper should offer examples and analysis that supports the writer’s opinion.
- The paper should incorporate the vocabulary and concepts of the course.
Why are you doing this assignment?
Such an assignment offers the students a non-oral performance venue to demonstrate their knowledge of course concepts as well as a chance to see public speaking in a context outside the classroom. It’s also another tool by which they can use the persuasive process—the paper itself is trying to make and prove a particular argument.
- Use at least 4 different sources to support your points.
- Resources should be abundant through the internet and through the library.
- Library resources have been set aside for this project, so please use them!
- Some resources have also been loaded on line on our Canvas site.