Arnold Schwarzenegger's Speech at the Republican National Convention

This study guide will help you analyze Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech at the Republican National Convention from 2004. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention. 

Presentation of the speech

Title: “Speech at the Republican National Convention”
Speaker:  Arnold Schwarzenegger
Context: The 2004 US Presidential Elections
Date of speech: August 31, 2004

Arnold Schwarzenegger (b. 1947) is an Austrian-American actor, politician, and businessman. Schwarzenegger immigrated to the US in the 1960s and became an American citizen. He started his career as a bodybuilder and went on to star in popular action films like the Terminator franchise. He entered politics as a member of the Republican Party in the 1990s and was the 38th Governor of California between 2003 and 2011.

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The tone of the speaker is initially celebratory and ironical, even self-critical: “What a greeting. What a greeting. Wow! This – This is like winning an Oscar. As if I would know!”; “To think that a once scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of the State of California and then stand here…”. This helps Schwarzenegger to come across as more relatable, which is important when he shares his experiences of being an immigrant.

As the speech progresses and the speaker talks about the issue of terrorism, his tone becomes more serious and determined: “…make no mistake about it: Terrorism is more insidious than communism, because it yearns to destroy not just the individual, but the entire international order.” 


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