Rhetorical Analysis Of Ellen Degeneres Tulane Speech

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Ellen DeGeneres Tulane University speech: Rhetorical Analysis While browsing through the commencement speeches, there was one that stood out to me the most; and that was Ellen DeGeneres’ Tulane speech. From that moment I knew that it was the speech that I’ll write about. Ellen has a neutral temperament that enables her to not only connect with the audience, but keep them hooked. She emits an overall positive vibe. During the speech, she used reasoning, credibility and emotion to convey her points to the audience and effectively did so. This essay will dissect the various said techniques used with their various components and establish how they were impactful. The speech appealed to the audience’s view point as to how they view success. According to Ellen, the way in which a young individual views success today would not viewed in the same manner as time progresses. For instance, she jokingly added, “Today for some of you success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila.” This statement was rather true for most cases considering that it’s a known fact that a lot of college students are heavy drinkers and this fact can be backed up by the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism. However, Ellen assures that that view of “success” will be diminished and pleaded…show more content…
But in order to establish her credibility she asserts, “Not saying you wasted your time or money but look at me, I’m a huge celebrity.” By saying this she assures the audiences as to why they should listen to what she had to say because she’s a successful individual. She further declared her status by saying that she was the first and only women who made it on the John Carson and her ownership of many sitcoms. This inevitably concreted her position as to why she was standing behind the podium addressing the graduating class and definitely got her motivational points across with her humorous

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