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Charlton Heston: Winning the cultural war (An analysis of the speech)

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  1. Introduction
  2. Talk on controversial issues
  3. The ethical proof
  4. The method of establishing ethos
  5. The content of Charlton Heston's speech
  6. Heston's reasoning
  7. The use of logos and logical proof
  8. Forms of logos used by Heston
  9. Conclusion
  10. References

Charlton Heston was often considered as one of the most talented actors of our time. On the big screen, the Broadway stage, and on television, Charlton Heston repeatedly proved himself as an excellent portrayer of human character. He was born as John Charles Carter on April 10, 1924 (IMDb, 2009). In 1941 Heston appeared in his first feature film. He went on to receive many notable awards, including two Oscars and Kennedy Centre Honors for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts Award (bio., n.d.).

[...] The first set of examples, (stanzas are all personal examples from Heston’s own life experiences. Personal examples continue the personal disclosure Heston opened with, while easing the political and social scene into the minds of the audience. The second set of examples, (stanzas 14-19), are all societal examples that this audience would have some sort of familiarity or personal investment in. For example, four of the six examples have to do with universities or learning environments, dental care is common, and law students would be familiar with the political issue of transvestites and transsexuals. [...]

[...] In the fourth stanza of the transcript, Heston delivers the sentence, believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that’s about to hijack your birthright to think and say what lives in your heart.” (Eidenmuller, 2009). The language of this main sentence is mirrored further on in sixth stanza of the transcript in the line, “I’ve come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain accepted thoughts and speech are mandated.” (Eidenmuller, 2009). [...]

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