Assessment

Introduction

Depending on the instructions you have received, it may sometimes be relevant to supplement your analysis with an assessment of how well the speech works. You may already have made some assessments of individual elements during your analysis, but in some cases your instructions might also ask for an assessment of the speech as a whole.

Is the speech successful?

When you make an assessment of a speech, you typically consider whether the speaker succeeds in her intention.

For example, if the speaker is a political candidate who intends to persuade the audience that she can implement climate friendly policies, you should assess whether the speech helps her succeed at this goal. When making this assessment, you should consider whether the various devices she employs helps her in her goal of presenting herself as a friend to the environment.

When you include an assessment of the spee...

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