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). [...]
[...] For the second song, Heston describes the content and then reads all but the last word of one line. The audience is able to fill in the blank. All of the concepts of rhetorical proof utilized in Charlton Heston's speech, Winning the Cultural War, contribute to its overall success. The concepts of ethos, pathos, and logos are used correctly within the speech and the thesis is well supported. His use of persuasion is indicative of an advanced rhetorician. Throughout the speech, [...]
[...] This allows the audience to feel the prestige associated with the titles of “president” and and also to draw upon their own memory and familiarity with Heston's movie roles. The students listening conjure the grandeur associated with Charlton Heston, the famous actor, largely on their own. In this way, the students are identifying Heston as an authoritative source themselves, rather than Heston telling them so. This method of establishing ethos carried greater weight with the academic audience, since the students would trust their own intelligence and conclusions perhaps more than a speaker's. [...]
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