Remembering The Tragedies: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Barack Obama's "Interfaith Prayer Vigil"

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December 14, 2012 was a heartbreaking day for America, as twenty children and six adults lost their lives in a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Two days later, President Barack Obama addressed the nation with an interfaith prayer vigil at Newtown High School to help remember those who had lost their lives, and also to convince the nation that changes need to be made. Obama asked America to make an effort to prevent future tragedies such as this one by caring for our children and using our power to help those around us. Through the use of eulogy, appealing to emotions, and structure, the speech attempts to persuade its audience, America, to make an attempt to ...view middle of the document...

.." He quoted this to help introduce the remembrance of the victims, and to share his feelings of sadness. Obama then continued to appeal to the audience's emotions by paying respect to Newtown, and showing them that the nation is feeling also feeling the victims' pain. He said, "...I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation," and "...all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we've pulled our children tight." Later in the speech, Obama continued to appeal to emotions by describing scenes of the shooting, and painting a picture in the minds of the audience to show how terrifying the event was for those who experienced it. These scenes consisted of teachers barricading themselves in their classrooms and reassuring their students by saying, "Wait for the good guys, they're coming. Show me your smile." To conclude his prayer vigil, he heavily touched on God and religion. Obama quoted, "'Let the little children come to me," Jesus said, "and do not hinder them- for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven," to reassure the parents of the victims that their children are now in a safer place, and to comfort the audience in their grief. Due to his use of scripture, specific names, and scenes, Barack Obama was successful in appealing to emotions, because he helped to share the grief that the audience was feeling, and attempt to comfort them. Because he was successful in appealing to emotions, he then captured the audience's attention, giving him ability to persuade the nation to make a change.
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