In the campaign speech for Charles Foster; the speaker presents strong, sound, effective arguments and counterarguments, with the use of rhetoric devices and fallacy, to help get his point across more effectively. The speaker stated his arguments clearly and backed them up with strong, sound evidence. In the speakers counterarguments’, the speaker addressed, what he believed the audience might say or question, in a productive manner. The speaker was biased through out his speech. Examples of biased statement are: “There is only one man who can rid the politics of this state of evil domination of Boss Jim Gets. This is not only a biased statement; it is a Hyperbole Rhetorical device. The speaker is assuming that Mr. Kane is the only person, who can get rid of Mr. Getts, when the fact is there could be someone else who, is just as qualified to do the job, could be even more successful. “The fighting liberal, the friend of the working man, the nest governor of this state,” is a biases statement, because the speaker is only addressing the liberals and the working man, plus he is assuming that Mr.
Kane will be the nest governor of this state. “The working man and the slum child know they can expect my best efforts in their interest. ” I believe the speaker is being biases, when describing the working class of people and the word slum child, could offend many people. No one wants their child to be described as a slum child regardless of the reason for the statement. The speaker also used Rhetorical devices to help get his point across more effetely.
Some examples of rhetorical devices are: “The decent ordinary citizens know I’ll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid and the underfed,” is an alteration rhetorical device. The speaker uses the same consonant sound repeatedly in three words in this statement, to help grab and keep the audience’s attention. This also helps to make his argument more effective. “I’d make my promise now, if I weren’t too busy arranging to keep them,” is a paradox rhetorical device.
This is a figure of speech, which is apparently contradictory; however, at the same time it is letting the audiences know that Mr. Kane is already preparing to make positive changes and working toward to ensure that he keeps every promise, he makes to the public. This makes his argument a sound and effective statement. The speaker also used fallacy to attempt to get his points across to the public. Examples of the fallacy statement are: “to point out and make public the dishonest, the downright villainy, of Boss Jim
Gets,” is an ad hominen fallacy. The speaker is attacking Mr. Getts, not the argument or what the man has done toward the public. “I made no campaign promises, because until a few weeks ago I had no hope of being elected,” is a begging the question fallacy. The speaker is giving a circular reasoning in which the claim is giving a suggestive conclusion. Overall, I believe the speaker made effective arguments and counterarguments. The speaker could have used less rhetorical devices and fallacy; this would have made his speech more effective.