Motivational speeches are not all one and the same but after extensive listening and reading of these speeches I have noticed many similarities throughout multiple examples of motivational speeches. Similar components are found throughout speeches, even in the sources I have chosen for my annotated bibliography have many similarities. One similarity would be the use of pathos(emotion) over logos and ethos. This is not to say that these speeches do not use logic or credibility but that pathos is more commonly used throughout a multitude of these speeches. the use of emotion is powerful enough to fuel/ motivate someone to action yet also has the power to cloud your reasoning and logic. Another component found in my sources is the use of Rhetorical questions to make people think/reflect. This is powerful in that due to the question being rhetorical an answer is not expected yet the question is meant to stick in your head forcing you to reflect on yourself. Another component used a multitude of times was the use of history whether it be an event in history or a certain time in the speaker’s life. This was used mainly in the form of comparison or callback, where the speaker would compare the past to the present to give their audience a real scope of the amount of time passed and how much change this time brought with it whether large or small. Speeches are a rare use of language in that it motivates people like nothing I’ve ever seen before, a speech will make people risk it all their friends, family and lives no matter the cost and it takes a certain charisma to do it speeches are the ultimate form of rhetoric in that they aren’t subtle they have a point and they have a huge impact on their audience when done right. Speeches are impact they are filled to the brim with passion, emotion and charisma yet i want to know what makes them so deep and meaningful to some that they may inspire a generation, a movement and the world to seek change.
I am a picky writer. I cannot write an assignment that I am not interested/passionate about I will end up putting it off or procrastinating till the last day. Though this is also where I believe my best work comes out and shines. I can ramble on certain subjects/ topics for days at a time when i’m interested in the topic but when i’m not interested it seems as if I have a mental block on the creative part of my brain up until the deadline gets closer and the flood gates seem to open slowly. I know I need to get over this because we are not always going to get topics we are passionate about though i believe the only way to get past this is to get out of my comfort zone and read texts i would class as boring and uninteresting to find a different perspective.