ERIC Number: ED163543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Myths and Political Rhetoric: Jimmy Carter Accepts the Nomination.
Corso, Dianne M.
Like other political speakers who have drawn on the personification, identification, and dramatic encounter images of mythology to pressure and persuade audiences, Jimmy Carter evoked the myths of the hero, the American Dream, and the ideal political process in his presidential nomination acceptance speech. By stressing his unknown status, his difficulty in achieving the nomination amid the derision of his opposition, and his quest for the leadership of a moral and dynamic government, Carter developed the unpromising hero or Cinderella mythological image. In his vision of the future, he presented himself in the deliverer/benefactor image. Carter developed the American Dream myth by emphasizing the moral values of hope, honesty, and faith in America at the same time that he promised materialistic improvement in the country. An additional myth that Carter employed, concerning the nature of the American political process, was apparent when he claimed that he and a Democratic Congress could restructure government in a way that surpasses rationality and ability and that he would assure popular participation in government by giving "the government of this country back to the people of this country." (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carter (Jimmy)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)