By way of introduction to arguments and since I am sick as a dog and probably won't be at school on Monday, we are watching a movie today (you've probably already seen part of it by the time you read this). Your task is this, blog your analysis of one of the following two arguments made in the movie. Consider the relationships between the speaker, audience(s), and subject. Examine the appeal and how that appeal is constructed, evaluating its effectiveness. This will be due the day after we finish the movie (probably Wednesday February 27th).
Chaucer's Argument to endear the crowd to Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein in
A Knight's Tale
You're good. You're very good. My lords, my ladies, and everybody else here not sitting on a cushion!
Today... today, you find yourselves equals.
For you are all equally blessed. For I have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure of introducing to you to a knight, sired by knights. A knight who can trace his lineage back beyond Charlemagne. I first met him atop a mountain near Jerusalem, praying to God, asking his forgiveness for the Saracen blood spilt by his sword. Next, he amazed me still further in Italy when he saved a fatherless beauty from the would-be ravishing of her dreadful Turkish uncle.
In Greece he spent a year in silence just to better understand the sound of a whisper. And so without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of Italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only, Sir Ulllrrrich von Lichtenstein!!!
Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
Sir Ulrich's letter to win back the love of Jocelyn in
A Knight's Tale
It is strange to think, I haven't seen you since a month.
I have seen the new moon, but not you. I have seen sunsets and sunrises, but nothing of your beautiful face.
The pieces of my broken heart are so small that they could be passed through the eye of a needle. I miss you like the sun misses the flower; like the sun misses the flower in the depths of winter.
Instead of beauty to direct its light to, the heart hardens like the frozen world your absence has banished me to. I next compete in the city of Paris, I will find it empty and in the winter if you are not there.
Hope guides me; that is what gets me through the day and the night. The hope that after you're gone from my sight, it will not be the last time that I look upon you.