Princess Diana Rhetorical Analysis or Reports

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Zoe’ Strawn
Mrs. Leopard
AP Lang and Comp

Rhetorical Analysis of Four Articles Upon Princess Diana’s Death Princess Diana of Wales was killed in a car accident in Paris, France in 1997. She was divorced from England’s Prince Charles and a mother to Princes William and Harry. In her life, she was known for her philanthropy and her marriage with the Prince. The accident was known around the world and many newspapers and news programs wrote articles about the late Princess’s death. The Queen of England and Princess Diana’s brother Lord Spencer spoke about the Princess in a televised speech and her eulogy at the funeral service. The first article reporting of the Princess’s death was from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) on August
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The subject would be the general goodness of Diana and how the paparazzi/media affected Diana and her children. However, the eulogy was not rhetorically effective because sections of it were off the topic of Diana. The eulogy was also used to increase Earl Spencer’s political standing in the country. Ethos and pathos were shown the most in Diana’s eulogy spoken by Earl Spencer. This speech is written in a stuffy style because of the length and detail of the sentences. The final entry is a Wikipedia Article accessed on September 15, 2006. This entry has the headings “Controversy” and “Final Resting Place” and also tells more previously unknown information than the other pieces. This entry lacks ethos and pathos because people are able to edit it, so it is non-credible and un-emotional. The writing style of the Wikipedia entry is tough style because of how straight forward the writing is. It is also written in an 8th grade reading level. The audience is anyone on the internet that wants to learn about Diana and the speaker is unknown. The subject is the life and death of Diana. I found this piece rhetorically effective because of the simplicity of the writing, without the very long sentences as in Earl Spencer’s speech. The articles and news reports on the death of Princess Diana were taken the hardest by those close to her. The speeches given by the Queen and Diana’s brother show this through the pathos that is conveyed within their speech. The newspaper article

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