posted by Rachel on .
I am doing well in my class but having trouble with a particular assignment. I don't really understand bias, fallicies and rhetoric.
Here is my assignment, any help or enlightenment would be appreciated. I am not asking for my assignment to be done for me, I am just having problems with this.
The speech is :
Campaigner: There is only one man who can rid the politics of this State of the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys. I am speaking of Charles Foster Kane, the fighting liberal, the friend of the working man, the next Governor of this State, who entered upon this campaign --
Kane: with one purpose only: to point out and make public the dishonesty, the downright villainy, of Boss Jim W. Gettys' political machine -- now in complete control of the government of this State! I made no campaign promises, because until a few weeks ago I had no hope of being elected.
Now, however, I have something more than a hope. And Jim Gettys -- Jim Gettys has something less than a chance. Every straw vote, every independent poll shows that I'll be elected. Now I can afford to make some promises!
The working man -- The working man and the slum child know they can expect my best efforts in their interests. The decent, ordinary citizens know that I'll do everything in my power to protect the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the the underfed!
Well, I'd make my promises now if I weren't too busy arranging to keep them.
Here's one promise I'll make, and boss Jim Gettys knows I'll keep it: My first official act as Governor of this State will be to appoint a Special District Attorney to arrange for the indictment, prosecution, and conviction of Boss Jim W. Gettys!
Answer the following questions in a minimum of 500 words: Identify examples of bias, fallacies, and specific rhetorical devices in the speech. How did the speaker address arguments and counterarguments? Were the speaker’s arguments effective? Explain your answers.
Everyone has biases! That is nothing more than the value system you have developed..... those things you believe important to living effectively.
As a result many people fall into the habit of using "fallcious" reasoning to support these values and making other's values unimportant and invalid. These first three sites are excellent on fallacies and the last one has a total list of rhetorical devices. When you have read these and put down what you think about how they apply to that article, please repost and we will be happy to give you further suggestions.