9/11 Rhetorical Devices

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On September 11, 2001 the United States of America was the target of a horrific terrorist attack. More than 3000 people were killed when 19 militants associated with Al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks. These planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the U.S. Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Innocent lives were taken and every family in the United States feared for their safety; Americans all over the world feared airplanes and travels. On that day, former president- George W. Bush was shuttled around the country for his protection. During that time he created a speech, which he delivered at 8:30pm that night. Although the speech was brief- lasting about 4 minutes, it is considered a narrative with rhetoric dialect. Rhetoric is defined as “the energy inherent in emotion and thought, transmitted through signs, including language”. The use of emotion is present in our everyday lives when we attempt to persuade others…show more content…
Exigence is defined as employed language that will alter or significantly improve a specific kind of situation. In this case the exigence referred to is a rhetorical one which is the terrorist attack of 9/11. In the speech, President Bush pointed out methods that were in progress that would help solve or reduce the effects caused by the attacks. The exigent audience in this case would have to be the military, firefighters and police officers that responded to the situation because they were capable of being mediators of change. The constraints of this situation would be when he states that “the search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts.” This could be considered a restriction because in all the chaos and searching for the injured there was a high probability that with all the rescue efforts exhausted there would not be enough efforts focused on finding those who committed the terrorist
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