Eugene McCarthy´s Speech Against the Vietnam War

analytical Essay
1315 words
1315 words

What were Eugene McCarthy’s motives for going against the Vietnam War? From the early 1960s up until the year 1973, America was going through the Anti-War Movement. The movement had many leaders, supporters, and followers, including Martin Luther King Jr., Eugene McCarthy, and Robert F. Kennedy. The Anti-War Movement took place in order to demand the government put an end to U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia and to stop the escalation of the Vietnam War. On December 2 of 1967, Eugene McCarthy gave his “Denouncing the Vietnam War” speech in the state of Chicago, in front of the Democratic Party. He speaks out against the war in order to point out what an immoral and pointless battle that the United States were fighting. In Eugene McCarthy’s “Denouncing the Vietnam War” speech, he inspires his intended audience during the Antiwar Movement by using the rhetorical devices of logos and personification.
In his speech, Eugene McCarthy describes why fighting the Vietnam War was a poor decision to make. First, he mentions how John F. Kennedy gave hope and courage to America and its people in 1963; on the other hand, in 1967, America was in a period of frustration and distrust due to the escalation of the Vietnam War. McCarthy states that America is not the world police and should not be giving promises that they could not follow through with. Moreover, the United States was fighting a pointless war where there are no changes being seen. “I see little evidence that the administration has set any limits on the price which it will pay for a military victory which becomes less and less sure and more hollow and empty in promise” (McCarthy). Throughout the duration of the war, the United States made very little progress, even though they had p...

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...’s decisions. Some citizens strongly oppose the idea that the United States should not get involved in any foreign affairs because it would put the nation into a period of chaos like it did during the Vietnam War.

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how eugene mccarthy's "denouncing the vietnam war" speech inspires his intended audience during the anti-war movement by using logos and personification.
  • Analyzes how eugene mccarthy describes why fighting the vietnam war was a poor decision to make. he states that america is not the world police and should not be giving promises that they could not follow.
  • Analyzes how mccarthy's "denouncing the vietnam war" speech was to call for an end to american military involvement in southeast asia.
  • Analyzes how mccarthy's speech was meant to inspire the intended audience to support the antiwar movement by pointing out that the government’s efforts were ineffective and unreliable.
  • Analyzes how eugene mccarthy uses rhetorical devices like logos and personification to emphasize and support the significance of the antiwar movement.
  • Analyzes how eugene mccarthy uses rhetorical devices such as logos and personification in his "denouncing the vietnam war" speech to inspire his intended audience into supporting the antiwar movement.
  • Explains that our stated objectives in vietnam are in reality different from our practical ones. we proclaim our ultimate purpose is support for self-determination, to let the people of south vietnam work out their own future.
  • Opines that the vietnam war needed to be stopped in order for the nation to renew its spirit of hope. the antiwar movement has an effect on the people of today by having them question their government’s decisions.
  • States that hall, mitchell, "the vietnam era antiwar movement." magazine of history, 2004: 13.
  • States that mccarthy, eugene, "denouncing the vietnam war." speech, 2 dec. 1967. speech vault.
  • Explains that eugene j. mccarthy is a professor at saint john's university.

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