This thesis calls attention to the rhetoric of Illinois senator Barack Obama by examining Obama's rhetoric beginning with his July 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address through his February 2007 announcement for candidacy. I argue that Obama's ubiquitous use of narrative was his main rhetorical strategy for persuading voters and inspiring his audience. This study employs a narrative analysis to understand the significance of Obama's rhetoric and groups his narratives into 3 distinct categories: personal, illustrative, and American Dream narratives. My analysis suggests Obama's use of narrative directly impacted the effectiveness of his political message. His speeches incorporated a unique balance between collectivist and individualistic American ideals, endowing citizens with a sense of hope and accountability. Progressive political positions were entrenched throughout narratives that were irrefutable and his rhetoric successfully enacted bedrock foundations of the American Dream and the American spirit. I argue that Obama's inclusive language, self-disclosure, and unique balance of American ideology allowed him to generate hope in the country's future as well as deliver ethos and credibility to him as a rhetorician.Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go ... Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that ita#39;s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?
|Title||:||Explaining the Audacity of Hope: The Rhetoric of Illinois Senator Barack Obama|
|Author||:||Keriann B. Thompson|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|