Moon Speech Analysis

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On May 25th, 1961, the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy proclaimed his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade in his Moon Speech. Besides his talent as an esteemed speaker, his speech was efficacious due to him alluding to the hardworking nature of the American people, and how further exploration into space was an ample distraction to the copious number of tense situations that had plagued the world at the present time. During the early sixties, Communist dictator Fidel Castro was running rampant in Cuba, and with the country being near to the United States, President Kennedy had to use his power as the President to attempt to end the tyranny in Cuba. With the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the failure of the…show more content…
He inspires the audience by alluding to the founding of the United States as he expresses, “… this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward…” (John F. Kennedy). The founding fathers of America did not idly sit about waiting for opportunities to present themselves, they actively pursued the next advancement in their new culture. Additionally, the foundation of America is due to the desire for the next considerable accomplishment. People strove to accomplish prodigious feats not for the reason that they desired to struggle, yet for the reason that they aspired to become an improved nation which could inspire people across the world. Kennedy encompasses this idea as he states, “We chose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard” (Kennedy). American citizens constantly motivate themselves to develop new ideas to become exceptional people. This is the sole idea behind the American dream and why this country is the focal point of various nations, and millions of people across the planet. However, there is an endless opportunity for improvement in this nation and space exploration was a necessary factor in maintaining morale in this dark…show more content…
As was previously stated, Kennedy was a popular president and by him alluding to how hardworking Americans were, he solidified his credibility by relating and understanding his audience. If Kennedy was a scientist and not the popular president, the space exploration would not have received the necessary motivation that was needed for the moon landing of 1969. Subsequently, the use of the Space Race as a distraction also served as a boost to morale. Tension was high during this time, and by the promise of beating the Soviets, which were becoming increasingly detrimental to the country, to space, Kennedy ignited the competitive and hardworking nature of American Citizens and allowed them to have an increase in their national pride. As seen in World War I, nationalism is an important factor in important events, and can cause for wars to start, or can cause for the discovery of an important factor that could change the world. To quote Neil Armstrong, the events that lead to man landing on the moon was one step for man, but a giant leap for
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