Rhetorical Analysis of Jim Valvano

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Jack Crepeau Rhetorical Analysis 10/9/21012 The Man Who Spoke as Himself April 29, 1993 Well, Jim is gone now. My best friend in life has moved onto a better place. I cannot sulk for long because I know Jim would become infuriated. “Have an enthusiasm for life.” These words ring in my ear as if he were still here beside me. That is now my goal in life, to inspire people just as Jim did. To bring an enthusiasm for life each and every day. It does not require supreme intelligence or material items. It requires a choice every morning to be the best I can be. Jim emphasized an “enthusiasm for life,” and showed it through his everyday energy and passion for others. What is the most important form of rhetoric? Is the answer simply choosing between ethos, pathos, or logos, and stylistically perfecting them in a paper to make it effective? My dear friend Jim believed alternative options existed. In fact, he proved alternative options existed. Jim Valvano was a highly regarded Men’s college basketball coach who is most famously known for leading an underdog team to a National Championship in 1983, and delivering an astounding speech at the Excellence for Sports Performance Yearly Awards. He was awarded the inaugural Courage and Humanitarian Award at the ESPY Awards. In his most memorable speech, Jim incorporated rhetorical appeals, specifically pathos, but also utilized non-verbal rhetoric through physical movements and gestures to impact the audience all without a teleprompter or script. His use of rhetoric started before the first words were spoken. In the video clip of his speech, Valvano opted to include himself struggling to walk up to the podium with assistance from me. Initially, I questioned my best-friend and this decision because it showed his weak state. Wouldn’t this lower his overall ethos? He thought a few steps ahead of me. He desired to show the

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