The Rhetorical Analysis Of John F Kennedy's Speech

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John F kennedy was the 35th president to be sworn into office in the US. He did a number of wonderful things for our country throughout his presidency, but the first most memorable was when he lifted the spirits of millions of Americans with his Inaugural Address on January 20th, 1961. In order to fully understand why his speech is one of the best American speeches one must first know the reason behind his speech, secondly, the significance of his speech to the people of the US, and lastly how his speech impacted the people of the US. There are plenty of reasons why JFK gave his inaugural address. One of the most obvious was the tradition of every president to give a speech after they are sworn into office, but Kennedy had a specific purpose…show more content…
One of the ways he easily impacted people was his dynamics of speech. He makes sure that his speaking rate is slow and steady when needed, to guarantee people could follow and understand his objective. Being unique he still holds the record for being able to speak 350 words a minute, being clear and straightforward. Another dynamic JFK used was stressing words, for example when he says “ let us dare not forget” and “let every nation know”. Stressing words like dare and every draws the audience in with another dynamic he uses in his tone of voice. Another way he impacted the audience was his creative way of appealing to their ideal America. During those days the American people wanted peace, to be up-to-date with technological advances, and to stand by the hand of God. Kennedy appealed the people of america by saying things like “we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace”. Also saying “let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God 's work must truly be our own.”. Saying these things impacted the audience because it was the desperate need of many Americans to stand with God and to be at peace. Still, 50 years later JFK’s inaugural address is an inspiration to many who hear his words, and will impact anyone who hears it. John F kennedy 's inaugural address is one of the best 10 American speeches
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