Do you remember the day that changed America forever? Two hijacked planes crashed into the side of the Twin Towers in New York City killing thousands. Another plane went into the pentagon and the last was stopped before it got to its destination. In the afternoon of September 11, 2001 George W. Bush delivered a speech that gave relief to the American people after the massacre. This was a disturbing moment in our history that shook the very foundation of America. This is the first terrorist attack that we have experienced in the 21st century. President Bush spoke out to the American people to empower and soothe them in a vulnerable time. President Bush reassures citizens and the victim’s families that America and its people are not only strong but are safe and will rise up again. Bush effectively executes his 9/11 speech and uses rhetorical devices to catch the citizens attention, calm the America people and unite them together again.
Roosevelt used antithesis during his speech even though it was metaphorically weak. A typical example was in paragraph five (5). When he compared the risen of taxes and their inability to pay have fallen.
“December 7th 1941- A date that will live in infamy”. This sentence is forever engrained in the minds of the youth for its significant impact in American History. Roosevelt’s response to the horrific betrayal of the Japanese Empire by bombing Pearl Harbor is tremendous significant. Roosevelt’s timing as he met with the Congress during their joint session and urges the congress to declare war on Japan, it brought America into World War II since most of the world was already at war. In addition, it solidifies America’s status as a superpower for more than half a century. Most of the nation was still in shock from the betrayal of Japan and the “ severe damage to American naval and military forces”. Roosevelt’s use of pathos and logos was beautifully
George Washington’s 1793 Second Inaugural Speech expresses the desire to be an upfront and honest president. He promised to show confidence and convey that he has been given a huge honor in being elected, again. He allowed for fellow Americans to scold and blame him, if he made any mistakes knowingly, or unknowingly. George did not wish for constitutional punishment to be brought, upon him, though.
On December 8th, 1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech to the House of Representatives, Members of the Senate, the House Speaker, to the Vice President, and to the American people.
September 11, 2001 is a day that will be remembered in American history forever. This day was one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. More than 3,000 innocent people lost their lives that day. George W Bush had been president of the Untied States for less than a year at the time of the attacks. He was faced with the difficult task that evenings of letting the world know what took place that day, and help the American people through a day of shock and disbelief. In a time of unspeakable evil, George W bush addresses that nation using rhetorical appeals; together with the history of American ideas to reassure and untie not only Americans, but the world to stand together and fight back on the war of terrorism.
March of 1775 was a day of persuasion for steps towards freedom. A former governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry wrote the speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in response to British conflict and wanting to peacefully approach it with a reasonable effort. The British were enforcing more soldiers into the colonies and the Americans wanted their liberty. Henry advocated for the colonist to fight if their circumstances were not met with the British. Being a former governor, Henry had the knowledge of how the government system worked and was a figure who was looked up to in the state of Virginia. He was able to motivate through the use of rhetorical questions, a strong emotional appeal, and speaks directly to the audience in 1st person to influence their opinions personally.
For my speaker and speech analysis assignment, I chose JFK’s inaugural address speech. I chose this speech because I think he has an interesting story and with this speech, he inspired a great amount of optimism and patriotism in America. It is often considered one of our country’s most important speeches. In my analysis, I will be focusing on JFKs background, and many aspects of his speech including his delivery, organizational, persuasive and rhetorical techniques.
The twentieth century was a tense and stressful time period for the United States. Towards the middle of it, the time most commonly known as “The Cold War” began. This marked the beginning of the arms race between this country and the Soviet Union. Just as the turmoil continued to evolve, John F. Kennedy was elected as the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was very aware of what was happening around the world at the time, so he made his purpose to unite the people with his inaugural address. This was no easy task; he had to appeal to a whole nation with only a few words. Thanks to his use of emotionally-packed diction, audience-engaging syntax and persuasive tone, Kennedy successfully reassured his vision of unity and stirred the hearts of his audience, making them want to be part of something bigger.
On January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan gave his “First Inaugural Address” with the United States listening; some people were able to experience firsthand Ronald Reagan’s passion and views for our country, in Front of the Capitol Building, while others tuned in to listen on the momentous occasion. Ronald Reagan sets the stage for his presidency using logos through logical sentences that are meant to bring the audience a better perspective on his point of view. Diction was a key factor in showing Ronald Reagan’s strong sense of nationalism; he chose powerful, hopeful words and phrases that were intended to unify the people. He shows syntax through anaphora, repetition, and parallelism. By using these rhetorical devices, he states key phrases more than once to create an urgency and therefore grab listener’s attention.
In Franklin Delano Roosevelts first inaugural speech in Washington in 1933, he was conflicted with a massive challenge of battling the great depression was becoming a threat. In the speech what was most important to note was the main reason he spoke was to inform the people on what he going to do to bring back the nation back to its best shape. Giving the American people courage, and inspiring new confidence as the new leader. Examining the ways he aids the purpose of his speech he uses the rhetorical strategies like allusions, anaphora, and parallelism to get his point across, in establishing that he will be leading the country in a new and exciting way. Getting rid of the way of the great depression that has gone on, for too long and introducing
George Washington and Barack Obama had different views about how America would be like. On April 30, 1789 George Washington gave his inaugural speech and oathed to be the first president of the united states. On January 30, 2009 Barack Obama gave his inaugural speech. During George Washington speech senator William Maclay of pennsylvania remarked that George Washington looked agitated and embarrassed. During Obama's speech he looked confident and he acknowledge the crowd very well. They both thank god in their speeches but in different ways.
In his inaugural speech given on January 20, 2001, George W. Bush address the country for the first time after being sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States. Millions of people from around the world tuned in to watch the president give his address. The people who voted for and against him are both wanting to hear what the president has to say. George W. Bush gives an effective inaugural address by using biblical allusions, collaborative language, and an anaphora in order to unite the country after a contentious election.