The State of MY Union

Although many people are quick to criticize president Obama, there is one aspect that virtually all can agree on. President Obama is one of the best orators among all the American presidents. Apart from being a talented speaker, he utilizes a multitude of rhetorical strategies in his speech. As many of you know, the State of the Union Address was given on January 20, 2015. Therefore, I found it only fitting to analyze the rhetorical strategies of one of the most powerful orators in the 21st century.

One aspect that stands out to me about Obama’s State of the Union Address is the overwhelming number of rhetorical questions in the beginning part of the monologue. From my observations, Obama asks these questions to draw the audience in. For example, the question “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another – or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?” urges the listeners to carefully consider their actions. It makes the listeners wonder if or how they have contributed to the question. Overall, the president’s eloquent use of rhetorical questions remains effective, because they draw a response from the audience. Another component of the State of the Union Address, I identified as a rhetorical strategy was constant use of the pronoun, “we.” Most of the sentences began with this pronoun. By utilizing a word that encompasses “everyone,” Obama is essentially trying to construct a bond with the audience. He insists that besides being the president; he is one of us, the common people. Connecting with the audience opens a path to more sympathetic people, who will not immediately reject his ideas and proposals. Obviously, this is an extremely rhetorical strategy because the much of the audience claps in agreement after he gives each proposal.


The History of Gatsby

No doubt many of you (the audience) have read The Great Gatsby. And I am sure that an even larger number of you all are familiar with this novel. This novel is regarded as the best American Novel (of course, I have my own opinions, but those are for a later time). Therefore, many readers are surprised to learn that this novel was originally not extremely successful or even successful at all. This came as a result of Fitzgerald’s inability to capture the reader market at that time. To elaborate further, The Great Gatsby purposely does not have any likeable female characters, so Fitzgerald can point out to readers the hypocrisy of society. This plan back fired because during the 1920’s most readers were women. So it came as no surprise that the novel did not sell well. This probably came as a result of the readers inability to identify with the characters. I found this particular fact surprising because from the way the book has been acclaimed I though the novel was always popular.

After reading a few articles regarding the history of the Great Gatsby, I found that the most interesting fact about the history of the novel was how it became popular. The novel became popular because the members of the U.S army were given the novel to read in World War II so that they would not be bored. The army corps were able to relate to Gatsby because he too was a solider. It was also mentioned that the book became more popular than “pin-up girls.” I found this fact interesting because most people did not like the books since the characters were not likeable,yet members of the army popularized the book because they probably only had one thing in common with the main protagonist, their armed forces experience.

Oh Albert…

E=mc2 (Ignore the 2, I do not know how to superscript in wordpress), an equation that, quite literally, everyone and their mother knows. Of  course, most people know that the mastermind behind the creation of the equation was Albert Einstein. However, typical people do not understand more than those cliché factoids. In this post today, I am aiming to “enlighten” the “masses” on one of the most unique scientific minds ever.

Albert Einstein was born on March 14th 1879 in Germany. And contrary to popular belief, Einstein did not suffer from speech impediments or poor grades in mathematics. In reality, he “excelled at the first school he attended.” From a young age, he displayed an extraordinary sense of curiosity, desiring to understand how all objects functioned. This innate sense of curiosity would serve him well as he traversed the treacherous road of physics. Specifically, theoretical physics was Einstein’s field of study. But before Einstein could truly immerse himself in the field, he had to overcome challenges. These challenges included marriage life and entering a university. However, what I believe to be one of Einstein’s greatest challenges occurred after he received the Nobel Prize. In 1933, Adolf Hitler came into power over Germany. Einstein being a Jew did not return to Germany and immigrated to the United States.

As it was mentioned earlier, Einstein received the most sought after scientific achievement, the Nobel prize. To be more specific, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. Einstein’s other notable achievements are his advancements in quantum theory, special relativity, zero-point energy (made in collaboration with Otto Stern), and theory of relativity.

Besides being a brilliant mind, Einstein was also a brilliant person. He was a notable figure in the field of Civil Rights. An example of Einstein’s belief of equal racial opportunity presented itself, when he generously decided to pay for a black student’s tuition to attend Princeton University.

Obviously, Einstein’s lasting impact cannot be accurately measured because it was too large in scope. However, it goes without saying that without Einstein’s contribution to the world of physics our understanding of the universe would be infinitesimal.