We’ve discussed how rhetoric can be used both as a spoken or written form, but I would like to now address

how rhetoric can additionally be used in musical or poetic forms. The most common form of rhetoric being something used to convince someone of something, we often assume it to come in the form of spoken or written word. However, these aren’t the only forms in which rhetorical statements and arguments can be made or are presented. A few years ago I stumbled upon the song Mosh by Eminem, and was impressed by the sort of message that he was able to express through his lyrics, and how powerfully he was able to present this message. Not only was his passion for what he was saying very clear, but his message was powerful, logical, and convincing. He lashed out against the Bush administration in support of John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election. His lyrics address all the wrongs in America, all the problems with our government and with our country. He addressed the struggles and hardships that the American people as a whole were facing and the struggles that they would continue to face under President Bush. He depicted a nationwide rally for a change, for something that would help to bring our country out of its own ashes. Eminem also addresses the American pathos with his line “This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin’, how could we allow something like this without pumping our fists,” clearly telling the American people to remember what happened to our great nation on September 11th, and how it happened without our government being able to prevent it. He expresses the American anger of events that took place during the Bush presidency, claiming to lead the mosh through the swamp the whole way to the oval office where the American people would once and for all be heard and appeased, not just ignored.

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