John F. Kennedy won the 1960 US presidency election by a small margin as the youngest and the only Roman Catholic president in history. In the peak of the cold war, Kennedy delivered the most influential inaugural address of all time, in which he inspires and unites people listening, watching or reading his speech around the world. I believe Kennedy successfully establishes his legacy of encouraging people to take positive actions for liberty through his inaugural address with the efficient use of ethos, logos and pathos. Kennedy gradually builds his ethos as a strong yet approachable leader in the speech. As the president of US, Kennedy has an automatic ethos.
Referring to such a defining moment in history were just one of the reasons why President Lincoln’s speech was so successful. The Gettysburg Address, one of the shortest, most quoted, and successful speeches in U.S. history was all due to the way President Lincoln was able to use ethos, logos, and pathos while presenting his speech to the audience at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Firstly, of the three modes of persuasion President Lincoln used his first was ethos. Ethos, are used to convince the audience with the author’s reliability or ethics. President Lincoln being well known as “Honest Abe” to countless individuals and being the President of the United States surely give him the credibility of having ethos in his speech.
On 28 August 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King stood at the Lincoln Memorial with over 250,000 people gathered to hear him give his speech. His speech was “I Have a Dream.” He spoke about the problems with racism in the US. He wanted civil and economic rights restored. The first line of his speech was “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (Martin). Dr. King was there to talk about freedom.
His “I Had a Dream” speech was known as the most influential speech that has tremendously impacted the United States forever by its powerful rhetorics and the emotional connection to the audience. “In expressing [his own emotions] with such powerful eloquence, in connecting strongly with the emotions of his listeners, and in convincing them to empathize with others, Dr. King demonstrated emotional intelligence decades before the concept had a name”(“Dr. Martin”). He demanded to end racism throughout the entire United States. King utilized repetition, metaphors, diction and rhetorical devices, that provokes ethos and pathos, throughout his speech in order to connect with his audience as well as to motivate them to stand up and fight for their freedom they well-deserve.
During the era of the civil rights movements in the 60s, among the segregation, racism, and injustice against the blacks, Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial to deliver one of the greatest public speeches for freedom in that decade. In Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech he effectively uses ethos, diction and powerful metaphors to express the brutality endured by African American people. Yet his most important method of reaching his audience, and conveying his enduring message of equality and freedom for the whole nation was his appeal to pathos. With these devices, King was able to move thousands of hearts and inspire the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Opening his speech Martin Luther King Jr. sets up his credibility with his use of ethos, referring to the Declaration of Independence saying, “This note was a promise that all men… would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life.” He places the strong authority of the declaration on his side to show how the American people are in contradiction to their own “sacred obligation” and the Negros have gotten a “bad check.” A metaphor representing the unfulfilled promise of human rights for the African Americans.
John F. Kennedy was known for his charming, charismatic, and relatable personality which significantly attributed to him winning the presidency in 1960. These admirable characteristics of his were easily seen in his speeches as U.S. senator and as president, in which it was apparent he not only had the charm, but also incorporated his personal values into his administration as a public servent. One speech in particular which highlights this fact is his “City Upon a Hill” speech. John F. Kennedy’s “City Upon a Hill” speech was given on Jan. 9th 1961 as his final speech prior to being sworn in as president, which he delivered to the general court of Massachusetts. In this speech, Kennedy compared the impending challenges of his presidency to the troubles facing the first Puritan settlers of Massachusetts in the 1600's in John Winthrop’s original “city upon a hill” speech.
As much as Jacob learned that the President had hair like his, he was given an even more important lesson from the President: Part of what it means to be, and to act like like a man, and a human being. President Obama embodies everything that America means to me and everything that I love about it and in this one simple gesture, he elicits an undying loyalty and re-commitment to the truly revolutionary ideals of America that he represents: equality, justice, opportunity, evolution, freedom and democracy. Barack Obama is a potent symbol for anyone who has ever belonged to a minority race. Mr Obama is a symbol of some of the best things in America. Given his family history, he is also a symbol of what a person can achieve if he works hard and has the support of people who love him.
In his speeches, King is very wise because he knew the best way to have his message remembered and push forward the civil rights movement was to get an emotional response. An emotional connection to a movement would result in more support and effort for the movement. As a result, in his speech “The Eulogy for the Martyred Children”, King took the social group of the 4 young girls who were murdered in the Birmingham church bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, and portrayed them as perfect and very young people so he could use them as a catalyst to expand the civil rights movement. A few weeks before King gave his eulogy, he gave his iconic “I have a Dream” speech. This was supposed to rally activists to
Martin L. King Jr is the most well-known speech of the March on Washington. He begins on a lighter note, praising Abraham Lincoln’s accomplishments of the black man. Throughout the speech, there are powerful metaphors used to subtly speak of the African American’s treatment in American history. King was acclaimed for his “way with words” and demonstrates this from the start of the speech. As the speech continues, he starts to become more passionate with his words and they become more powerful to the people.
“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” are the old words of a Negro Spiritual. In “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, he persuades Americans to treat everyone equally and how we can’t give up until it’s done. This speech is the most compelling speech because he tells everyone to start treating blacks equal after all they are exactly like everyone else; he also backs up his central idea with great Figurative Language.
That sums it up for why i believe that America 's third president, Thomas Jefferson was the strongest. He was one of the smartest men alive, he impacted our society for the better, and was a caring and selfless man when it came to making citizens happy. I can honestly say that we have not and never will have a stronger president than the one who 's services lasted 50 years. Thomas Jefferson is America 's
The venue of the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech was clearly not accidental. In fact, it provided the perfect scenario to enhance the speech and King’s argument. On top of that, King chose to give this speech in 1963 particularly because it is the centennial of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by the same man whose memorial shadowed King and the 250,000 attendees who came to march. Alone, the location immediately provokes the listener to think of important moments in American history.
I chose Martin Luther King Jr. because he had a very clear vision ; he wanted to give everyone equal rights. He became a national leader that MADE a difference for negroes in the united states. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) was very intelligent and advanced in his education throughout life. I decided to choose the theme “ one person or group
In Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he uses the rhetorical strategies repetition and parallel structure. In the opening lines of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he states, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation”. He establishes his purpose to promote equal rights for all citizens, regardless of his/her skin color. In King’s speech. He also
Barack Obama delivered a speech on racial relations, people consider it was the one of the greatest speeches ever given on race. The speech, “A More Perfect Union” was delivered on March 18, 2008, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Reaction was largely positive, drawing comparisons to Martin Luther King, “I have a dream speech.” On the other hand, in the “Problem we All Live With” and in Elizabeth and Hazel they both have same impact on segregation. A wide-range of context surveying America’s history of racial tension serves to aid understanding of a critical analysis of Obama’s speech. Obama wrote in his speech some bitterness and anger, surely remain among aggrieved communities because, yet he wants this country to be as unified.