The repeated declarations proves that Kennedy will actually carry out his plan for peace. The speech makes up mostly of Kennedy calling people to action. The use of hortative sentences like when he says “let both sides” means that he is not planning to do this alone but as a united country. He commands the citizens to ask themselves what they can do to help out with the problem. He first says what should not be done followed up by what should be done.
Bush speaks elegantly to his intended audience, which consists of his loyal supporters and those interested in changing America’s political scene with a “compassionate president.” At the same time he tends to exclude people who haven’t kept up with his agenda or that are not in the market for significant political transformation. Overall, Bush gives sufficient information to back up his claims. Only reading the speech would not indicate this, but exploring his website provides background information and family history, and is all done with a friendly, inviting tone. The effort made by Bush to run and manage this campaign exemplifies a caring and committed candidate and produces an effective rhetorical argument. Assuming that Mr. Bush wrote this speech, we can explore his persuasive ability by analyzing his speech and the website.
The former senator persuades his audience with the emotional appeal of pathos and credible appeal of ethos. Also, “The Values Americans Live” by L. Robert Kohls, explains the thirteen values Americans live by through the eyes of non citizens. These values are to inform Americans and visitors of why and how Americans act (Kohls). These American values help and extract Obama’s ethos. In Barack Obama’s “Address to the People of Berlin,” the former senator calls to action for countries to unite, by using the rhetorical methods of pathos and ethos.
Kennedy also started the untied states peace core in order to help bring change to the world. Along with trying to contain the spread of communism. In his third pro President Kennedy addresses that as Americans the torch for protection of freedom and human right has been passed to this new younger generation. Kennedy made a call to the world that weather friend or fo... ... middle of paper ... ... the heavy burdens ... and to let the oppressed go free.'”. Finally his most memorable lines, “ ask what you can do for your country... ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man... ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you” is to some the most influential example of parallelism ever given.
is how Kennedy incorporates multiple rhetorical techniques to enhance his points and better connect with his listeners. One of these techniques that were able to captivate his speech was the use of multiple antithesis statements. An antithesis is the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, often in parallel structure. The line “…ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” (Kennedy 461) is one of the most memorable lines from Kennedy’s inaugural address. Kennedy simply stated that one should not be asking what government handouts the country can hand to citizens but rather knowing your responsibilities towards society and the nation to improve the condition of the country.
throughout the speech, Kennedy is persuading the people to come together and stand up to take action. One of the president’s literary devices was using extreme adjectives to emphasis his points. For example, Kennedy says “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.” By doing this, he emphasises his points urges the people to agree with him, building a consensus rather than blatantly expressing his desire for the people to follow his course of action. Also, the use of hortative sentences offers a more inviting tone to the audience. For example, in paragraph 27 and 14 he says “let us” instead of “we will”.
For example, within this speech he uses signs of antithesis, a lot of metaphors, and some pathos to go along with the other devices/features that can be found within his speech. During the year of 1961, John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech was given to the public in order to inspire and provoke the American population to action. He uses extensive use of various rhetorical devices to fulfill the goal of his speech. JFK uses antithesis in order to capture the attention of his audience and also to help show what he will do as president. JFK states that his election "symbolizes an end as well as a beginning" and how it "signifies renewal as well as change".
Kennedy’s usage of “we” rather than “I” gives the audience a sense that they exist as part of something big, perhaps a family, while portraying Kennedy as a people’s president who desires to be a “person in the crowd.” Throughout his address, Kennedy establishes pathos mainly by appealing to American patriotism, a significant concept during the Cold War period in which Americans needed a jingoistic spirit to succeed. By reminding his audience of their forefathers and instigating parallels between “the first revolution” and the present generation, “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage,” the president grasps the attention of the audience. He even stresses the value of liberty and this generation’s dedication to the survival of that value to rou... ... middle of paper ... ...very once in a while to maintain the formality of the speech and to convey imperative messages to his audience. Interchanging between the short sentences and the lengthy sentences grabs the audience’s full attention, permitting Kennedy to most persuade them that he qualifies for his position as U.S. President. Hence, through various rhetorical strategies, Kennedy achieves his purpose of gaining the spectators’ favor through stressing major current events that concerned the American people.
Given the state of the world at the time of his inauguration, the decision to rely so heavily on pathos and ethos was a wise one which got the job done. His use of the rhetoric triangle effectively conveys Kennedy’s plan for America to not only her citizens, but to the world. Works Cited Kennedy, John F. “Inaugural Address.” Reading Literature And Writing Argument. Ed. Leah Jewell.
Kennedy delivered has been considered to be one of the most moving speeches given by a president. He uses the emotions of the voters in his favor. Kennedy uses the fear that American’s have of going to war again, and promises them that the country will strive for peace. He vows to renew the peace with other countries, so that war and destruction will not occur again, trying to ease the mind of the weary. John F. Kennedy plays on the want that people have to help others, saying that the country will go aid covered countries.