It is unthinkable to imagine that one man could be responsible for the deaths of these people, but through rhetorical analysis, we can uncover the violently compelling rhetorical techniques that Jones had perfected throughout his career. [Voices.]
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius once remarked “The robber of your free will does not exist.” As human beings we are born with, and should reserve the rights to our own power of choice. And this should not be ur concern rn? After 45 minutes, the tape ends with silence from the crowd and Jones citing their actions as “an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. The most common thread among interviews and books produced by survivors of Peoples Temple is their declaration of Jim Jones’ notorious charisma. This site houses a variety of PDF documents.
Retrieved November 14, 2009, from Brigham Young University, Silvae Rhetoricae Web site: http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Canons/Canons.htm. They brought this upon us. One of the most interesting portions of this last speech is Jones’ unwavering and self-glorifying use of ethos. Either they can make the decision to end their own lives, or someone can and will do it for them. How are you going to airlift to Russia?” While he had been passing it off as a viable option up until now, Jones knows there is no way he can get 900 people to Russia, so he places the responsibility of an escape on his people. The techniques can be used with good intentions, or in this case, yield calamitous results. They killed. Miller pushes the idea of making an airlift to Russia. The answer is with James Warren “Jim” Jones, leader of Peoples Temple, a radical new-religious movement that began in the 1950s and rapidly developed through the 60s and 70s. He claims that if they do not commit this revolutionary act, armed forces will “start parachuting out of the air, they’ll shoot some of our innocent babies.” Several times Jones uses children as rationale to kill: “I don’t think we should sit here any more time for our children to be endangered, for if they come after our children and we give them our children, then our children will suffer forever.” In the beginning of the speech, Jones even claims that if their children are left alive, they will be “butchered.”, Jones perpetuates an “us vs. them” mentality, painting himself and his followers as the good side while the congressman and the defectors are wrong: “I have never, never, never, never seen anything like this before in my life.
He clarifies that there is no other option for his people, that they must die in dignity and take the potion. November 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana) war ein US-amerikanischer Sektenführer und der Gründer des Peoples Temple. However, audio will allow us to better assess Jones’ vocal characteristics. During Ryan’s visit, several members made it clear that they wished to leave Jonestown. ‘In the future, Big Hit will more carefully and meticulously monitor and manage the entire production process,’ they ended the statement. Once again, there is a remarkable gap between reality and the rhetoric that Jones is feeding his masses. We apologize to anyone who experienced pain and discomfort due to our oversight.’. And they’ll pay for that. “One misconception down, countless to go.” Retrieved October 28, 2009 from http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=32348.
That reverend preached to many demographics his true beliefs and when they started to notice the delusions he killed them.
Bellefountaine, M. (2005). He reiterates this toward the end of the speech, “This is a revolutionary suicide.
Y’al DUMB AF. Raven: The untold story of the Rev. They’ll torture our seniors. I identified a recurrent use of ethos and a tendency to identify with his audience, a strong desire to convince his audience that suicide was the only way to absolve themselves of sin, and Jones’ skillful handling of objections and interruptions from the audience.
Unfortunately, before they could get on the plane, several of Jones’ loyal followers gunned down the congressman, two reporters, a cameraman, and one Peoples Temple defector. Apart from the necessity of addressing their concerns, he must have needed to again exercise his rhetorical strategies. Unfortunately, it is a well-documented truth that Jones’ speech was effective, so effective that by the end of the tape, the entire audience performed the action that Jones wanted them to. Later in this essay, I will further comment on how comments from the audience enforced Jones’ authority and showcased his rhetorical abilities. While the transcript primarily consists of Jones talking to his followers, there are several interruptions from audience members who protest or question Jones’ proposed plan of action, prompting him to customize his speech to meet their objections. It is unclear whether he shot himself or had an accomplice do it for him, but one thing is clear: in death, the self-proclaimed deity separated himself from the people who he claimed to love so much. A 1991 study by Marcia Stratton used narrative method to determine that while Jones’ rhetoric was indisputably powerful, a variety of factors such as history, biography, culture, and demographics played a role in the outcome of this case. We must question friends, leaders, deities, if we are to maintain our free will and personal judgment, and thus ensure our nobility as humans for another day. He murdered his own South Korean son and grandson, and another girl adopted from South Korean. Rather than focusing on a particular technique and applying it to the artifact, generative method calls on the critic to identify aspects of the artifact that are particularly interesting, puzzling, or incite some otherwise uncommon emotion before selecting a coding technique. (Speaker). By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. I am simply aiming to analyze this one speech through the generative method. I will be especially interested to see how Jones’ use of the categories within Aristotelian artistic and inartistic proofs influenced his audience. Jones was preaching to a group of people who, for lack of a better term, were already committed to him.
What’s going to happen to us when they don’t leave, when they get on the plane and the plane goes down? You have entered an incorrect email address! The events in 1978 happened just as Jones had planned them to happen. Its also important to note that many ARMY have been emailing Big Hit about the situation and are waiting for their response. The speech itself takes place at the Jonestown compound in Guyana and begins with Jones assuring his people that he has tried everything he can in order to assure their safety. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
The results of this implementation are not only in the hands of the rhetor, but also they are also responsibility of the audience. Knowing that this scandal would inevitably disrupt his kingdom, Jones delivered his final speech to the members of Peoples Temple. There are events, people, concepts, and jargon used within the speech that only make sense if we take this artifact as a part of something much larger: a multi-decade period of social conditioning that these people participated in under the watchful eye of Jim Jones.