Using SOAPS, analyze the rhetorical situation in the assigned speech.
Due Date: Wednesday, August 24. Minimum one page, typed in MLA Format.
Let’s start by reading Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech. Why is this speech so effective? Let’s analyze the rhetorical situation to find out.
The speaker is Lou Gehrig, who was a baseball hero and victim of ALS. Furthermore, even though he is a baseball hero, he humbles himself and presents himself as a common man who is modest and thankful for the opportunities he’s had. The audience of his speech was not only comprised of his teammates and fans in the stadium, but also the opposing team, the fans listening on the radio, and even us. The subject of his speech is his illness, but it is also a catalog of all the lucky breaks that preceded his diagnosis. The occasion of Gehrig’s speech is Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. The context is his recent announcement of his illness and his retirement. In addition, Gehrig was one of the greatest baseball players of all time, so it seemed a cruel fate to fall victim to a disease that stripped him of his strength and coordination. One of Gehrig’s purposes in delivering this speech is to thank his fans and his teammates, but he also wants to demonstrate that he remains positive.
(Source: The Language of Composition)
Now let’s turn our attention to the assigned speech. Read this speech to complete Assignment 2.
Background: On a clear, sunny late summer day in September 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground. A fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board, after passengers and crew attempted to wrest control from the hijackers. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office.