Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Mary Haleta


This thesis is a rhetorical analysis of the speeches given by President Roosevelt and Senator McCain during the 1912 and 2000 election, respectively. The analysis used the classic divisions of Aristotle's analysis. Specifically, these include Invention, Arrangement, Style, and Delivery. The introductory chapters provide background on President Roosevelt and Senator McCain and lay the groundwork for a discussion of the two speeches. The thesis concludes with the final comparisons of the two speakers. The analysis describes Aristotelian elements used by both candidates. Some elements were not discovered in the analysis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 -- Oratory.
McCain, John, 1936-2018 -- Oratory.
Political oratory -- United States.
Campaign speeches.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.


South Dakota State University



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