Citizen Kane Rsquo Rhetorical Devices

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After listening and reading the script of American Rhetoric: Movie Speech “Citizen Kane” (1941), I found numerous examples of rhetorical devices, fallacies, and bias’. One bias I found was a gender bias. In the speech, Charles Kane was speaking about who can expect his best efforts in their interests. When speaking about that specific issue he used the term ‘the working man’. That to me states that only men can expect those efforts instead of everyone, men and woman. He could have used a better term like ‘people in the work force’ or ‘the working person’ because that addresses people as a whole not a person’s gender. There was only one fallacy that stood out to me and that was the Ad hominen fallacy. Instead of Charles Kane attacking Jim W. Getty about a certain issue, he was attacking Jim W. Getty’s character and Jim W. Getty as a person by saying that he wanted to make public the ‘dishonesty and downright villainy of…show more content…
The first one would have to be alliteration. He used this rhetorical device when he was stating who he was going to protect; the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed (the same consonant sound repeated in one sentence). The second rhetorical device I saw was a hyperbole. I think that he was seriously exaggerating when he said, “I had no hope of being elected” because in all reality, everyone has some type of chance whether it be big or small. The third rhetorical device mentioned was euphemism. Charles Kane used the term ‘underpaid’ instead of ‘poor’ and ‘underfed’ instead of ‘hungry’. The last rhetorical device I noticed was a metaphor when he was comparing from that current time to a few weeks prior. He said, “I made no campaign promises because until a few weeks ago I had no hope of being
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