Analyse The Persuasive Techniques Used In The Spee

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In this paper, I will be discussing and analysing the different persuasive techniques in the speech by the Old Major at the beginning of Animal Farm. One persuasive technique that the Old Major uses in the speech to familiarise with Karl Marx is the use of a rhetorical question ‘Now, comrades, what is the nature of this life of ours?’ the use of a rhetorical question creates a influential or powerful device in the question, a rhetorical question appears very simple and innocent however it works very persuasively to involve the audience it is being said to along with the readers, the Old Major ensured he uses a rhetorical question at the beginning of the speech so that the audience can enjoy being engaged in a conversation by being asked a question, a rhetorical quesiton also gets the audience thinking in depth about the question therefore the Old Major intentionally used it at the beginning so that the audience are already thinking about the purpose of the speech before he went on in depth about the circumstances the animals are facing, and the aim of the speech. Another persuasive technique used by the Old Major in the speech is when the Old Major uses the technique of ‘opinion as fact’, ‘The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth’ this technique makes the phrase appear very persuasive as the Old Major presents it as a fact, not an opinion therefore making the audience and readers see it as a fact and not a opinion which can be changed, presenting an opinion as a fact helps persuade the audience to a certain mindset and pulls the audience to your view, therefore persuading them to think the same as you and see your opinion as the truth, and not a baseless opinion. The Old Major uses many different persuasive techniques to resemble the characterstic traits of Karl Marx, one persuasive technique that resembles Karl Marx’s ways is
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