Rhetorical Analysis Of Franklin Roosevelt's Speech

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a powerful speech before Congress on December 8th 1941, the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. His purpose in addressing the country in this way is his attempt to calm the American People and avoid chaos across the country. Roosevelt is aware of the impact that the event has had on the Citizens. As their leader, he forcefully reassures the population that they will be safe. The President emphasizes that the United States would not allow the attacks to affect the country though his use of rhetorical devices, including pathos. Roosevelt’s word choice is especially powerful as is seen in his use of the unusual word “infamy.” He also uses repetition and the way he orders his points to achieve…show more content…
He emphasizes the horror when he states, “I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost.” He tries to gain the confidence of the the American people by stating that other countries have been attacked, as well. He uses parallel structure and repetition to indicate that places other than the US were attacked. He repeats this framework to emphasize that many other places were attacked. He does this so that his audience can understand the greater impact of the event. FDR then concludes this section of his speech by stressing the fact that he knows what the Americans are feeling and the opinions that have been formed. Roosevelt implies that he knows their lives will change and that the people are concerned for their safety. He does this to make the listeners understand that they are not alone in their reaction to this attack and that everybody in America feels this…show more content…
He tries to raise the spirits of the people by reassuring them that they are safe: “ I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.” In naming what he has done he eases the concerns of the people who are worried about their safety. He promises to use “all measures” within his power including the resources of our military to protect the people. Roosevelt is very emphatic in his promise to protect the country. He wants the American People to understand that they are safe and there is nothing to worry about. He feels that he and the United States Congress are doing everything they can to protect the United States. He drives this home by promising we, “will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.” He promises that this will never happen again which gives the reader even more confidence that they will be safe. By frequently emphasizing his promise FDR tries to assure the vulnerable citizens that they will be ok. He is provides them the relief they are looking for. He then wraps up his speech by informing the people the country has declared war on
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