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Historical Speech Analysis Paper
Analyze the text of a historical speech of your choice from the attached list and write a paper describing how the speech ‘solved the communication problem.”
First, please describe the problem that the speaker faces in accomplishing his or her goal(s) with the audience(s) that the speech will reach.
This requires that you conduct research to identify and provide evidence (cite your sources) of the:
(1) speaker’s goals;
(2) the audience(s), and the audience’s attributes that will affect how audience members will respond to the speaker’s call for action and/or argument to adopt a point of view. These attributes can include audience:
(a) attitudes and beliefs,
(b) interests and wants,
(c) emotions, and
These attributes will provide both opportunities for and challenges to the speaker achieving his or her goals. So it is important to note that describing the problem entails identifying the audience attributes (attitudes, values, beliefs, interests, wants, and emotions) that the speaker can tap into to get the audience to adopt the speaker’s positions as well as those attributes that will tend to work against the audience adopting the speaker’s advocacy.
Second, describe how the speaker solved this described “communication problem.” Identify how the speaker took advantage of the opportunities presented by the audience attributes that inclined them to adopt the speaker’s goals and to mitigate or address the attributes that make the audience less likely to adopt the speaker’s advocacy position.
What choices did the speaker make to address the audience attributes? Consider the following elements of a speech:
Provide evidence within the speech itself to cite examples of the speaker’s strategic choices (those helping the speaker to achieve his/her goals) that address audience attributes.
Remember to please provide evidence about the speaker’s goals and the audience attributes and cite your sources.
This assignment is due April 1, 2023. No handwritten assignments will be accepted. Late paper submissions will lose one letter grade if they are turned in within seven days of the due date. Papers submitted later than one week after the due date will lose two letter grades.
Below is the list of speeches from which you may choose for this assignment.