Rhetorical Analysis Of 'An Inconvenient Truth'

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The Convenient Truth
From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, all politicians have the same mindset. They all want to convince the public of their ideas and beliefs. These people are so good at what they do, they may convince citizens of beliefs they never thought they ever would. Most people will never understand how Germans could agree with what their own country was doing during World War 2, however, they never had the personal influence of Adolf Hitler. Not many people want to have King Jong-un as their leader, but the people in North Korea love him. Whether it is good or bad they do their best and Al Gore is no different from the other politicians in the world. His goal was to convince the world of the impossible. Since the beginning of
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Gore wants to intrude on the audience’s emotional mindset and make it work in his favor. Gore starts off with a story of a typical day as a kid, playing in the sun, and sitting in the grass. He goes on to explain his childhood, and how it was wonderful. He then asks the audience if they want this for his kids, and of course they all did. He states that this won’t be so if the world continues to worsen. He intended his audience to think of their children and think their life if the world did raise sea levels and changes in temperature, it wouldn’t be a pretty image. Next he moves onto the emotional appeals of the worsening storms. Nobody wants to see the horrible damage that hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and other storms can do, yet Gore shows them anyways. He shows pictures of destroyed houses, sunken buildings, people swimming in 7 feet of water, piles of dead bodies found under buildings, and much more. All these images have an immediate impact on the audience. They want to know what they can do to help and stop these events from ever happening again. Later, he moves on to the impact of the melting ice caps and how that hurts the world. Gore makes good use of emotional appeals when he shows the video of the cute, cuddly polar bear. However, the video was of a polar bear that swam in the ocean for miles not being able to find land therefore eventually dying. It wasn’t one that made the audience feel all fuzzy and warm, it made them feel despair and sadness. It made them want to help the world so they could help the polar bears. Finally, towards the end, he states “You see that pale, blue dot? That 's us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances... it 's our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet
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