Tuesday, September 14, 2010

West Wing Rhetoric and the Bible

This is one of my favorite clips from the West Wing, a show which is riddled with remarkable rhetoric.  Watch and enjoy.

In this passage President Bartlett uses two rhetorical figures of speech to lay a smackdown on the apparent Christian fundamentalist.  He uses the figure exemplum, which is the citation of an authority, in this case, the Bible.  He also punctuates each example with a biting rhetorical question. Rhetoric is everywhere, we just need to pay attention.

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