Says/Does Essay

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Says/Does Analysis Essay In preparing for this essay, I came across a great website called American Rhetoric. It includes some of the greatest speeches from many popular American movies including The Shawshank Redemption, Shindler’s List, Remember the Titans, and Rocky Balboa. However, one movies on the list that immediately caught my eye was Steven Spielburg’s famous war-drama Saving Private Ryan(1998). Not only is Saving Private Ryan a favorite of mine, but it also teaches you a lot about life and human behavior. The movie’s lead actor is Tom Hanks. Set right in the middle of World War II (1944), Hanks plays Captain John Miller, who is sent on a mission with his unit to save Private James Ryan. During this scene, the men of Miller’s unit are bickering, and causing bitter trouble among themselves because they are just so frustrated and saddened with their failures throughout their journey of the war. Hanks eventually steps in, knowing that what he says will alleviate the dispute. He starts to tell his men everything that they have been yearning to know about him, from his personal life to his darkest fears. Although the speech is relatively short, it includes many different rhetorical figures. First, the speech opens up with many rhetorical questions. It is used as a method to grab the quarreling men’s attention to Captain Miller. It also opens up the speech and provides humor to the group based on the fact that Miller’s men were just in a vicious argument. One thing I found very interesting was that the entire speech uses anaphora. Tom Hanks constantly uses the word “I” during his speech. Although this may seem easy to understand since he is talking about himself, I believe there is more to it than just that. Once Captain Miller (Hanks) starts to talk, the men immediately stop fighting. One reason is because the men in his unit respect Captain Miller very
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