For class, please watch or listen to “How to Think Like Shakespeare,” a speech made in 2016 by Scott Newstok, a professor of Renaissance literature, to greet the incoming 2020 freshman class at Rhodes College in Tennessee. If you prefer reading, you can access the text of his speech here.
Write a brief (1-¶) response to ONE of the following prompts and post it as a “Reply” under the appropriate heading in the comments below:
- Newstock delivered this speech to the 2020 class during the Convocation ceremony in August 2016. Name and briefly discuss how Newstock framed his speech to that particular occasion.
- What moment in this speech spoke most powerfully to you, and why?
- Orators often appeal to facts and reason. When does Newstock do this most powerfully, and why is such an appeal a good one at that moment in his speech?
- Orators often appeal to emotion. When does Newstock do this most powerfully, and why is such an appeal a good one at that moment in his speech?
- Orators sometimes appeal to their personal authority. Does Newstock do this? If so, is it effective? If not, why not?
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