COMS 444 California State University Analyzing Rhetoric of Trumps Phoenix Speech Essay



The first two sections of the class covered what constitutes rhetoric and how politicians use rhetoric to respond to the unique needs and features of different rhetorical situations. For this assignment, you are to apply some of the concepts/theories we have covered to a rhetorical artifact of your choosing (e.g. speech, public statement, political advertisement, interview) related to a contemporary policy idea or proposal. The artifact you chose should not be one we have discussed in lecture.


Your analysis should answer the following questions in an essay:

1. What was the political context of your chosen rhetorical artifact?

2. How does the rhetorical artifact utilize symbols to appeal to its audience’s values and/or emotions?

3. Evaluate the quality of the rhetoric. 


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