Typically, Most speeches occur in the order of past, present, and future. However, Eisenhower decides to break the traditional standard rules and he decides to take a different route and begin with the present. One theory on why Eisenhower decides to use the present first is because the speech is not supposed to tell about history. The speech’s most important use is to intimidate and to make the Soviet Union look bad. The present tense tone of the speech in the beginning engages the audience at the very beginning of the speech because it warns the people of America from a possible nuclear attack by the soviets, warns Americans about the destruction of nuclear war, and makes the United states seem as someone who is making peace and not causing war. Starting the speech with the past would have deterred too much away from the main points of the speech, which were mentioned earlier in this paper. The speech was not about what happened but instead maneuvering the world so the United States could create what was going to happen next. The most important reason for presenting the past in the middle of the speech is to help show just how visionary Eisenhower is being in the future. A plan from the present to the future is not as ...
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...urning the atomic weapons into things for peace and prosperity. The speech was shared with the world to propose the idea of peaceful negotiations between all countries with atomic capabilities. But, the speech was dialog between the United States and Soviet Union in the hopes that each country could either eliminate nuclear weapons or regulate them. Eisenhower found the way to accomplish all his goals from the speech by implicitly and explicitly targeting the Soviet Union throughout the entire speech. Eisenhower made the United States the favorable ally in atomic talks because he portrayed the United States as a friendly ally, he placed the Soviet Union in an impossible dilemma, and he made the United States the benefactor of the Developing world. The “Atoms for Peace” speech incorporated great rhetoric to push the ideas of the Eisenhower administration on the world.
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