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Annotated Bibliography 7&8

Source #7: Kennedy, Janice. “Where the Rich and Famous Go to Play; D.C.’s Storied Mayflower Hotel.” Dawson Creek Daily News, May 20 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within Where the rich and famous go to play; D.C.’s storied Mayflower Hotel, Janice Kennedy speaks on the history and controversy within the notorious Mayflower Hotel. Being a journalist for the Dawson Creek Daily News, Kennedy expresses that the famous hotel, “is not the only hotel in town listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; but these days at least, it is the one with the most, um, cachet.” This overall analysis is an expansion on her analysis within the Vancouver Sun. Within her deeper analysis, Kennedy shares how the many controversial acts that have occurred at the hotel greatly impacted the overall history and culture of the hotel. As previously stated, the Mayflower Hotel, “has hosted various notable guests for about 83 years.” The Mayflower Hotel has “seen” guests from royalty, hosted inaugural balls and even accommodated the “accommodated high legislative members from the District of Columbia.” Kennedy shares various notable encounters or controversial issues that have occurred at the hotel One being the controversial issue of New York governor Eliot Spitzer, the discovery of him with a prostitute which sparked the scandal leading to Spitzer’s political annihilation. Second, Kennedy furthers that of where where former president Bill Clinton was seen embracing a young Monica Lewinsky; sparking controversy over their potential relationship. This was a key example in shaping the hotels’ history and overall “structure” towards the public.

I plan to use this source to share historical information on the Mayflower Hotel. I plan to tie this analysis to that of Kennedy’s analysis in the Vancouver Sun, to further the overall argument. The source itself provides similar information, but allows for more background information, to keep the audience engaged.

Source #8: Delphine Schrank – Washington Post,Staff Writer. “Time to Return the Towels; D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel Wants its Stuff and Your Stories.” The Washington Post, Dec 03, 2007, ProQuest Central,

Within Time to Return the Towels; D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel Wants its Stuff and Your Stories, Delphine shares how many hotels, such as the Mayflower Hotel have been dealing with guests taking many of their items such as silverware, towels, pillows, etc. In the course of eight decades, the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Avenue NW has lost mountains of trinkets, most stamped with its signature sailing vessel. Delphine shares that, “now the iconic hotel wants them back. Starting Wednesday, it is offering an amnesty to coincide with the publication of a book documenting the hotel’s place in the Washington firmament. Behind every coffee pot and demitasse, every patrician oyster bowl and every humble bathmat, lies a tale of its vanishing that the 657-room hotel hopes to collect” (Delphine.) The hotel, however, is now changing its policy. On many of the items within the hotel there is a branding that states the hotels’ name. Additionally, there are many notices around the hotel rooms, and on the keys, stating that everything must either be returned to the front desk or remain within the hotel.

I plan on using this article for background information, mainly to tie into the argument with Kennedy. This gives information on the hotels atmosphere, and overall attitude toward its own guests.

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The District of Columbia’s Architectural Style

The District of Columbia has been known for its key architectural style, orderly and symmetrical, Washington, D.C.’s early Roman influences have distinguished it from every metropolitan city in the nation. Tall columns, symmetrical shapes, triangular pediments, domed roofs — Neoclassical features can be found anywhere and everywhere in the District. Just the city plan demonstrates Washington, D.C.’s architectural style with its consolidated scheme and central forum with city services. To see just how far the Neoclassical style reaches, check out the map below of 15 examples of Neoclassical architecture found in the District, from memorials to museums to bridges. These examples can be seen through the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Art Gallery. D.C. architecture is shown throughout the city through persuasive analysis.

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Rhetoric Within the “Real World”

Within our society, we see rhetoric and persuasion all around us. Our society is full of persuasive information to relate ourselves with a product or particular material. The concepts of rhetoric tend to be applied through the uses of ethos, logos, and pathos to contend to a wide audience population. This tends to be targeted at various focus groups and audiences to bring about a sense of “brand loyalty”. The use of persuasion tends to be within advertisements focusing on clothing, food, or skincare/makeup. Within the studies of rhetoric within literature, you learn that the use of this writing is meant to persuade the writer to believe the writers argument. This can be true within marketing and advertising. Such political advertising in D.C. bring about a sense of nationalism, morale to the city.

Exterior and Political

Front of the Hotel

 The political influence within and from the Mayflower Hotel has been quite monumental. The hotel itself is only blocks away from the White House and the Capitol Building. This puts the site at the heart of political influence. Many renowned political and governmental figures have stayed within this hotel, and many have performed many political acts/speeches within. One such example would be how Harry S. Truman stayed within the Mayflower Hotel during his first 90 days of presidency. Additionally, as I’ve spoken about before, the hotel holds many political campaigns and strives to motivate their voters to actually vote within elections. During this previous election, the hotel took the initiative to have their guests make a pledge to vote for their candidates. The hotel held many inaugural events and has hosted many international government officials; such as Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill. The hotel is a hotbed for political talk as it is in the hub of such a politically charged city.

The political influence of the Mayflower Hotel is quite strong actually.An example of the hotels surrounding political influence would be how the Mayflower Hotel hosted the Inaugural Ball of President Calvin Coolidge just two weeks after its opening. It hosted an Inaugural Ball every four years until it hosted its final ball in January 1981. It has not hosted an Inaugural Ball since. President-elect Herbert Hoover established his presidential planning team offices in the hotel in January 1928, and his Vice President, Charles Curtis, lived there in one of the hotel’s residential guest rooms during his four years in office. By being surrounded by such political figures, the hotel itself seems to be quite politically influenced.

On the basis of the exterior, the hotel itself has quite the historic feel to it. The hotels’ main entrance features grand gold detailing and large flags for the District of Columbia and also the hotels’ flags. The exterior hasn’t really been touched up so the comparison between the exterior and interior is quite stark. This is fitting though, as the outside is quite historic and shows the history of the hotel, while the interior plays to a new sense of modernism.

Rhetoric Around Us

Within literature, the terms of rhetoric seem to be displayed all throughout us. During last class, we discussed the the ideals shared by EdBauer when she spoke on the triangulated ideals of the sender, receiver, and text. EdBauer continues this discussion by sharing the ideals of Warner when he states, “ public seems to be self-organized by discourse, but in fact requires pre existing forms and channels of circulation” (75). This whole idea is based on the ideals of rhetoric and rhetorical situations, that we live in a society filled with senders and receivers who are formed by pre existing notions. This is something one can see around them wherever they go, this is something that proves contextual evidence in the sense that rhetoric is all around us.

Works Cited
EdBauer, Jenny. “Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies.” Taylor and Francis. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 1-3. Print.

Wes Anderson’s Persuasion

When watching the Grand Budapest I realized many of the cinematic approaches within the film regarding rhetoric. Whilst learning how rhetoric seems to be a sense of persuasion to the audience, it is prevalent how the film industry will use pathos to persuade the audience/viewer a certain way throughout the film. This can directly paired to the rhetoric that we see in literature, as we use these techniques to persuade the audience a certain way, emotionally and mentally.

Musical Analysis Relating to Today’s Culture

When listening to this song for the first song, I really just listened to listen. But then I began to break the song down, study it, really listen to the lyrics. The song “Greenlight” by Lorde screams of heartbreak and growth. This is something that can emotionally appeal to many of us; preferably people around her age. The song speaks on waiting for that “greenlight” to go heal and become better after losing someone you love. Heartbreak is real and when we can relate and connect to a song we can learn to heal. The use of pathos within this piece truly impacts the emotions and allows us to relate to what she is saying.

The Rhetoric of Clothing Advertisements

When we speak on persuasive writing, we mainly think of particular works of writing or simply just an article. However, clothing advertisements have been using these tactics for centuries. I found this particular clothing ad to be quite interesting, as it was published in the Playboy Magazine. This shows how the company is showing men what clothing will “attract” the typical beautiful female. I wanted to bring this discussion attention as rhetoric is seen in many different fronts; especially in today’s commercial industry.

Plato Commonplace Book

This quotation sparked my interest as it defines rhetoric in quite a fascinating way. In turn Plato states that rhetoric is a way of persuasion which makes sense as rhetoric is the art of speaking or writing effectively, which means persuading the reader to belief your writing or speaking. It does not matter right or wrong, it matters whether you can make the audience believe your words and join your argument.