Page 3Looking past the glamour of flashy watches and rhinestone encrusted hats, the video reveals itsmain point with two symbols that are cherished. A giant mural of the American flag is the backgroundfor most of the video, and Jay and Kanye are showing your their friendship. Both of these symbolsshow us how to reach the level of success that they share. Jay-Z and Mr. West are showing what youneed to make it big, you need to utilize America, and you need to have a good group of people tosupport you. By acting like they are just “hanging out” the duo evokes pathos from the audience. Byshowing them participating in a “normal” activity, it makes it easier to realate to the two millionares.The presentation of success, in the form of wealth, paired with the symbol of America and fellowship, isintensely powerful. It shows Jay's and Kanye's affinity towards their version of the American dream,and their ability to succeed in this country.In “Otis” they establish themselves as authorities on luxury and success with a few very clever bars and images. With this authority, they convince the viewer that success should be sought. TheMaybach scene lets people know that the road to success won't be easy, and shows that once you getthere, it might not look like societies stereotype of success.Critics have said that the video evokes jelousy, and that it is just Jay-Z and Kanye being boastful. While the video does evoke jelousy in some, jelousy is a great motivator. If you see somethingyou want, and someone else has it, you are motivated to work harder for it. Whether it is jelousy, or desire, it is hard to argue that “Otis” doens't evoke the desire to succeed from its viewers. Lines like“When we die, the money we can't keep” and “Is pious, pious because god loves pious?” contradict thestatement that the pair are just showing off their money. By bringing up the fact that money is just anobject that is only ours temporarily, and philosophers theories; the pair shows they aren't only focusedon money and watches. They clearly have deeper thoughts, which adds to the logos and ethos theycultivated earlier.