Rhetorical Analysis Of Eleanor Roosevelt's Speech

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Note: this is copy and pasted from another source... Eleanor Roosevelt establishes credibility by building her speech on the very reason so many audiences around the world deem her a credible source. Her speech discussed the pressing issue of human rights. Her prior credibility, intelligence, and goodwill established a foundation for which the audience to trust. Her prior credibility assured the audience that she shared similar values of freedom and democracy. She also demonstrated her value of universal human rights through using these terms in a “we” sense versus the “I” sense. She maintained the fact that she had their best interest at heart, by repeatedly emphasizing what “we” would gain from these universal human rights.…show more content…
The audience probably felt confidence in continuing the struggle to assure every human being received the rights granted to them. For example, “We, in the democracies, believe in a kind of international respect and action which is reciprocal.” She also assures the people that, “ Freedom for our people is not only a right, but also a tool…they are tools with which we create a way of life, a way of life in which we can enjoy freedom.” Apparently, Roosevelt wanted her audience to think of all of the freedoms that are allowed to the democracies and the lack there of in those totalitarian states. She was effective in doing this through the use of emotive language to reinforce the firm beliefs and hopes for freedom held by France and the other nations present. In the artifact “The Struggle for Human Rights,” Roosevelt used numerous examples to add support for her main claim and central arguments. Her main claim intended to persuade the audience that universal acceptance of the Declaration of Human Rights will assure all human beings are granted, without compromise, their fundamental human rights and freedoms. She also used examples to emphasize terms crucial in furthering the audience’s understanding of human rights throughout the speech. These dominant terms consisted of terms such as, totalitarian, democracy, trade union, compromise, and human rights and

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