Rhetorical Devices In The Convocation Speech By George Saunders

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George Saunders is an acclaimed author, as well as professor, who delivered the convocation speech for the syracuse graduating class of 2013. The speech touches on many moments during his life, as well as many larger themes including the need for kindness and all things working against us actually achieving it. Sanders use of rhetorical devices helps convey his message of kindness to his audience of graduates and parents. Saunders use of logos is evident throughout his convocation speech to the syracuse graduating class. During lines 65-68, sanders states: “..needs over other needs of others, even though what we really want...more loving”. In this section of the speech, Saunders provides a logical explanation on why we are not kinder to people, and how we want to be…show more content…
He is able to use his life experiences as a guide to life, and can relate to problems that the graduates and their parents might be facing at the current time, or later in life. Saunders uses Ethos to assert himself and solidify his role as an elder. By asserting this early in the speech, Saunders can give advice to the students, as well as the audience, due to the fact that he has been in their position before, because of his age. Saunders can relate to what the audience is going through or has already went through. An example of this is evident in line 18-21. Saunders says: “Do I regret the occasional humiliation? Like once, playing hockey… I somehow managed while falling and emitting this weird whooping noise, to score on my own goalie, while also sending my stick flying into the crowd, nearly hitting that girl? No. I don’t even regret that”. This excerpt shows how Saunders can relate to his audience via past experiences and can connect with them because embarrassment is something everyone goes through at one point in their life. Saunders use of ethos helps him to establish a way to connect with his audience, as well as establish his

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