In addition to considering the types of stylistic and rhetorical devices an orator uses, considering their tone, audience, subject and purpose, you should also begin analyzing speeches and orators for their use of Aristotle’s Five Canons of Rhetoric.

The Five Canons will add another layer of depth to your analysis, and will provide you a more holistic understanding of the text and orator in question. Think of the canons as another layer to your SOAPSTone, not as a separate step. The audience, purpose, and occasion will all impact the effectiveness of how the orator utilizes the five canons.


Click here to re-watch the short video over the five canons that we took notes over in class.

You will need to complete not only a SOAPSTone Plus analysis over the four speeches from class (Lou Gherig’s Farewell Address, Einstein’s Letter to Young Phyllis, President George W Bush’s 9/11 Address and King George VI’s 1939 Speech) but also analyze these speeches for their use of the five canons. Please view the videos below to analyze these speeches and their orators. You will present your group analysis on Friday, January 7th.

Click here to re-watch Lou Gherig’s Farewell Speech.

Click here to listen to King George VI’s Speech.

Click here to watch a re-enactment of King George VI’s speech from the move ‘The King’s Speech’.

Click here to watch President George W Bush’s address to the nation on September 11th, 2001.