In life, many people do things they later end up regretting. Whether it is a simple little thing such as regretting what one may have said to another and therefore apologizing
or if it is something bigger like a person who regrets doing or saying something specific to a larger group of people, and therefore feels the necessity to go out and apologize or say sorry for something the person did not even do.
In the “Sorry Speech” by Kevin Rudd from February 13, 2008, the Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, felt the necessity to go out and give a public apology, for something that happened in the country decades ago.
During Rudd’s speech, he made a great use of rhetorical devices to try to convince the recipient. Of the various rhetorical devices, he used especially different appeal forms.
The speech as a whole had got a lot of ethos because Rudd was the prime minister of Australia, so people were more likely to believe him than if it was someone who did not have a role in the community like Rudd.
In his speech he used pathos, when he talked about the story of Nanna Fejo who was a member of the stolen generation. He told the people what Nanna told him about how she was separated from her family as a child
“The kids were found; they ran for their mothers, screaming, but they could not get away. They were herded and piled onto the back of the truck.
Tears flowing, her mum tried clinging to the sides of the truck as her children were taken away to the Bungalow in Alice, all in the name of protection.” (line 63-65).