Exordium is the part of a speech where the speaker uses ethos to relate to his audience. In this part, the speaker explains why he or she was chosen to present the topic. This part is usually used in the introduction to catch the hearer’s attention and establish a connection with them. To do this, Valvano uses his cancer as an ethos appeal. Right at the beginning of the speech, he talks about his parents and how they raised him to be “a very emotional and passionate man”. As he says, “That’s being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love,” (Valvano). During the speech, he ...
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...at he will be able to get through this, which shows the audience the fighter inside.
Sadly, Jim Valvano died two months after he accepted the award. But this speech is still ingrained in our minds. Through the ethos appeal in this speech, Valvano showed the audience why he deserved the Arthur Ashe award and convinced them to donate to his cancer research foundation. Throughout the different parts of the acceptance speech, Valvano shows his courage and love that helped him to win the award in the first place.
Valvano, Jim. “Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award Acceptance Speech.” ESPY Awards. ESPN. New York, March 4, 1993. Speech. Online. http://www.jimmyv.org/about-us/remembering-jim/jimmy-v-espy-awards-speech/
Zegers, Charlie. “Jim Valvano.” About.com. n.p. n.d. Web. 5 April, 2014. http://basketball.about.com/od/coaches/p/valvano.htm
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