„Barack Obama Coins a Slogan“ - Election 2008 Speech Analysis During the election campaign of 2008, after having lost the primary in New Hampshire to Senator Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama delivered his probably most famous speech. The text at hand is an extract from this speech. Obama tries to convince his audience of his belief that changing the current circumstances is possible, by referring to key events in American history, the American Dream and by using stylistic devices. In addition he tries to unite the American people and to encourage them to work and stick together as one nation. Obama uses “we” instead of “I” frequently (s. ll. 1+4+9.), because the so-called “inclusive we” gives the tended effect of unity as it addresses everyone as a whole instead of excluding someone. So he highlights his belonging to America and also bypasses the gap between himself as presidential candidate and the audience, which does not only consist of the present people, but also of the people watching this speech on TV or the internet. This extract can be divided up into three parts. In the first one Obama points out of what importance hope is. He indirectly says that people hoping for change were the ones that made America to what it is today and that the current American nation can achieve anything this way (s. ll. 8-12). To underline what he says he is using metaphors such as “obstacles stand[ing] in [their] way” in line 2. This metaphor
Analysis of the speech “Take a chance”
by Barack Obama
The speech ”Take a chance“ given by the US President Barack Obama at the University of Massachusetts Boston on 2 June 2006 deals with the generation of graduated students he talks to
with the occasion to bring changes about.
The speech can be divided into six parts. In the beginning part from line 1-14 the speaker Barack Obama makes clear that it’s the commission of this generation to let the concept of America alive which is the equal opportunities for everyone to rise up and to reach “no matter where you’re born or how much your parents have; no matter what you look like and what you believe in” (line 11-13).
To underline the message he wants to convey he uses a parallelism in line 11-13 (see above). Furthermore he draws attention to key words with a repetition in line 7 and 9 “It’s your turn”.
In the second paragraph from line 15 to 31 Obama wants to make the changes in America up to date clear. He talks about students from over 100 different countries who settled and found success.
To simplify the message he uses a metaphor (line 19 “a sea of faces”) for emphasizing the diversity of America in spite of for example the time of apartheid. With the anaphora (line 22/23 “they too could find…”) the speaker stress this argument for America. Moreover the President motivates the students with a demand in line 30/31 “And now it’s your generation’s turn to bring those changes about.” which is an important sentence in the speech. With the Anaphora in line 29/30 “ .more work .; …more justice .; …more barriers .”) he increase the intensity of determination an.....[read full text]