This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The National Address And Being American Identifying Schemas Used In Checkers

1638 words - 7 pages

In order to perform a proper discourse analysis to find schemas in Richard Nixon’s Checkers speech the contextual relationship to the spectator and framing of the speaker must be identified. In September of 1952 Richard M. Nixon, the Vice Presidential candidate for Eisenhower, was accused of receiving slightly over $18,000 given to him in a “supplementary expenditures fund” provided by numerous wealthy donors. This accusation led to serious media backlash and the call for Nixon to remove himself through the ballot. Before heeding to the call of the public and the press Nixon felt he needed to present his case to the American public and in doing so won back the trust of Americans and remained on the ballot. Nixon’s primary point throughout his speech is to prove his trustworthiness and patriotism. Scenarios like these only weaken the public opinion and trust in the government which is precisely why Nixon presented the identity and language stemming from the schemas they’re associated with.
The Checkers speech makes use of the interrelated schemas associated with a NATIONAL ADDRESS and being AMERICAN which lend to Nixon’s human qualities. A sense of authority is presupposed upon the spectator (assuming they’re American) through the schematic association a NATIONAL ADDRESS is understood by the public as a means to address a serious and urgent matter. Senators are elected into to represent the majority of voters in their districts of a state which in turn lends to the creation and adaptation of their qualities both in their personal and professional identities. However, in this case there is also a disparity between the two professional identities Nixon possesses; his identity as the Senator of California and his identity as the Vice-Presidential Candidate. Understanding these professional identities is crucial to the understanding of Nixon’s choice of role assumption in this situation. The reason establishing these professional identities is so imperative is that Nixon attempts to recreate neither of his professional entities by instead presenting himself informally as both a patriot, representative, and a common American within a professional setting. “My Fellow Americans: I come before you tonight as a candidate for the Vice Presidency and as a man whose honesty and integrity have been questioned.” The schematic association of Nixon with being AMERICAN intensifies the effectiveness of the speech as Nixon breaks the schematic expectations of a NATIONAL ADDRESS and slowly erases any doubt regarding his AMERICAN-ness. The discoursal self used by Nixon would become increasingly popular as politicians realized the effectiveness it has when making addresses to the public through television. Nixon’s identity performance coming off as genuine is perhaps the most important aspect of the speech for the man attempting to prove to the American public and his constituents that he is not a crook.
Interestingly, the word ‘fund’ at the time of the...

Find Another Essay On The NATIONAL ADDRESS and Being AMERICAN Identifying Schemas Used in Checkers

"The Quiet American" and "Bloods" and the style of american warfare used in both

902 words - 4 pages rear" (Terry36). It is obvious to see that because of their color these men did not have the same privileges as other soldiers of other races.Their enemies viewed the characters from theses two books in unlike ways. Pyle was allowed to mingle among Vietnamese society under the guise of being employed by the American economic aid mission. His affluent nature and Ivy League education helped cast little suspicion from the authorities on his

The Current Crisis in American Morality: How Big Business Has Contributed to, and Ought to Address, the Crisis

4982 words - 20 pages practices of Big Business have contributed to this crisis in American morality and how business executives, as well as philosophers, ought to address the crisis in order to improve the moral climate in this country.There are eight features of Big Business that I would cite as being causal factors in creating our current moral crisis. The first has to do with how its philosophical foundations have been distorted. The American business climate rests on

Identifying the Narrative and Genre Characteristics in a Film

1815 words - 7 pages Identifying the Narrative and Genre Characteristics in a Film Film is undoubtly the reflective illusion of life and its complexities brought to a facade of psychological reality for its audience. It is an art form which plays with mans very definition of semiotic meanings, codes, signs, signifiers, connotations and popular ideologies to create a mental association with its audience and transport the spectator through

Identifying the Nameless in Beloved

1077 words - 5 pages A name symbolizes what that person means and stands for. Renaming is an act of changing who you want the world to see you as. Naming and renaming is an important concept throughout Toni Morrison’s Beloved. A name is an identity that allows one to identify as a human being. A name is full of history, culture, and individuality. In Beloved, a name is both a source of freedom and a source of degrading history. Naming transforms and alters one’s

What are three types of appeals/themes being used in advertisements? Explain what it should be used and provide examples

771 words - 3 pages What are three types of appeals/themes being used in advertisements? Explain what it should be used and provide examplesWhat are the pros and cons using celebrity sports figures to promote a company's products? Explain the kind of impact sports celebrity endorses have in the average person purchases.Advertising is any paid form of non personnel presentation and promotion of ideas, or services by an identified sponsor. Advertisers include not

This essay describes the events leading up to the International Style of architecture being used in America, the architects who led this movement and what their accomplishments were

1281 words - 5 pages International Style came from, who was involved and what accomplishments were made will allow us to appreciate the architecture we see around us everyday.The International Style began as a movement in architecture known as 'Bauhaus'. This was a German expression used for 'house for building'. 'Bauhaus' became an institution from which a new social order would arise. Walter Gropius was the head of this institution, but once the Nazis shut down the

Should Capital Punishment Still be Used in the American System

1511 words - 6 pages of lethal injection” (ProCon.org "Death Penalty ProCon.org"). Many people are arguing whether or not capital punishment is effective and should still be used in the American system. Proponents of the death penalty argue that the death penalty deters crime. In contrast, opponents of the death penalty argue that the death penalty is cruel and goes against the “cruel and punishment” clause in the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. This is an

In what ways and why is knitting currently being used to make a political statement

796 words - 4 pages collaborative work with the community. One of her projects was protesting against the government’s involvement in Iraq, she interpreted this by stitching a large pink blanket ‘tank blanket. Knitters from many countries knitted pieces. There was more than 4000 15cm squares which were then stitched together and then used to cover World War II combat tank. “The tank is a symbol of stepping over other peoples borders,” Marianne says on her Website

Qualitative Tests for Carbonyls: Aldehydes vs. Ketones. Various chemical tests identifying ketones and aldehydes are used in this experiment in order to identify an unknown carbonyl compound.

1040 words - 4 pages Laboratory #6Qualitative Tests for Carbonyls: Aldehydes vs. KetonesIntroductionVarious chemical tests identifying ketones and aldehydes are used in this experiment in order to identify an unknown carbonyl compound. The tests used are: 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone test, Tollen's Test, Benedict's Test, Chromic Acid Test, aka Bordwell-Wellman Test, Schiff's Test, and Iodoform Test. These classification tests provide results based on color change or

Paul Revere being the greatest American hero and why

1767 words - 7 pages as a second lieutenant. He fought during the French and Indian war, and involved himself with the Crown Point expedition in Lake George, NY. With what little government knowledge and experience he possessed, Revere openly sided with the Federalist party. Proceeding the war, he returned to the family business, then currently being run by his mother Deborah and younger brothers. Between the time of the French and Indian War and the American

Identifying and Preventing Weaknesses in Software Programs

1758 words - 8 pages Zhang et.al, (2012) white box testing fails in identifying the paths that contain complex data structures and unsolvable branch conditions and black box testing fails in testing complex program semantics which are deeper (p.103). Therefore, to address the challenges of the two kinds of testing Zhang et.al, (2012) proposed a two stage fuzzing process to effectively test complex program semantics (p.103). The aim of the process is to generate test

Similar Essays

The Gettysburg Address And American Revival

1746 words - 7 pages The Gettysburg Address is without a doubt one of the most famous speeches in American history. However, at the time, it was simply an uplifting, motivational speech by the sitting president as part of a ceremony dedicating the Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery. Now, it is viewed as an historic address delivered by one of the greatest presidents and orators to ever live, Abraham Lincoln. It has also become the benchmark for

This Is An Analysis Of A Public Address. I Chose The 2003 State Of The Union Address. It Analyzes The Setting For The Speech And The Verbal And Non Verbal Communication Skills Used In The Address

1096 words - 4 pages they are saying or even caring what message the speaker is trying to get across to them. Many verbal and non-verbal clues come into play during a speech and being able to use them together can help many speakers provide an interesting, memorable experience for all involved.On Tuesday, January 28th, 2003, the President of the United States of America gave the State of the Union address, a speech which is given each year. It is given at the capital

'beyondblue': The National Depression Initiative, To Address The Issues Associated With Depression, Anxiety And Related Substance Misuse Disorder In Australia

1804 words - 7 pages 'beyondblue': the national depression initiative, is an independent, not for profit organization to address the issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorder in Australia. It is a bipartisan initiative funded by the Australian, state and territory governments. It has provided a national focus and leadership that will increase the ability of the Australian community to prevent depression and respond effectively

Identifying Variables Used In Research Studies And Cases Suggested Subject: Research And Ethics

1353 words - 5 pages Taylor D'Etcheverry10-27-08Chapter Five Summary: Identifying VariablesIntroductionWhile formulating a research problem (as read in Chapter 5), the next important step is to prepare your hypothesis and variables that will guide your experiment. Consider two important aspects of developing your problem: the use of concepts and construction of your hypothesis (Kumar). Concepts cannot be accurately measured because they vary in opinion from person