A Rhetorical Analysis of Messages to America by Osama bin Laden

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An honoros project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for honors in the Department of Communication.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze bin Laden’s argumentation and rhetorical techniques in three speeches addressed to the American population. Persuasive techniques that were used will be described as well as the historical context surrounding the timing of each speech’s release. These speeches will be examined using Campbell and Burkholder’s “Three Stages of Rhetorical Criticism” as outlined in the second edition of Critiques of Contemporary Rhetoric.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Digital Initiatives Press: Rhode Island College

City

Providence

Keywords

osama bin laden, rhetoric, communication, national security, terrorism

Disciplines

International and Intercultural Communication | Other Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies

A Rhetorical Analysis of Messages to America by Osama bin Laden

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