Many people in the world move to America, to live “The American dream” where they can have their own success, but it didn’t go as planned for Raisuddin Bhuiyan.
In the TED-talk “A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided”, from March 2015, Anand Giridharadas tells about two Americans who meet each other for the first time, but it is not a very happy meeting.
I would argue that Raisuddin represents the America with dreams and hopes, and Mark is represented as the America with fear. Raisuddin gets his second chance to change his life whereas Mark doesn’t get his second chance, he gets executed.
Giridharadas uses humor in his serious TED talk. 10 minutes and 30 seconds into the Ted talk we hear an example of him using humor “By forgiving Stroman publicly in the name of Islam and its doctrine of mercy.
And then suing the state of Texas and its governor Rick Perry to prevent them from executing Stroman, exactly like most people shot in the face do.” (p. 2, l. 73-75), which after that the audience laughs. Using humor in a speech is to keep the audience entertained and interested in what he has to say.
Giridharadas uses appeal forms, pathos, and logos. He uses pathos when he tells the tale about the two Americans, and what they have been through, and he uses it because he wants the audience to feel what kind of situation, they are in.