Rhetorical Devices In Jfk Inaugural Address

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In President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech the tones of inspiration and love of freedom for all with peace worldwide, reveals Kennedy’s credibility as a leader towards the citizens of America. As the country’s youngest president ever elected, Kennedy informs a speech by providing his reassurance to the nation through his incentive and service to America. He acknowledges his duty to the citizens by invoking the American dream through the use of several rhetorical devices such as diction, syntax and organization during a formal occasion. Kennedy inaugural speech, he attempts to reach the Americans, creating a sense of unity among the nations. “Together” they can create peace and to “Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them …show more content…

In the beginning Kennedy addresses who he is talking to by slowly transitioning his use of short paragraphs with the intentions of keeping his audience interested. Kennedy as a leader communicates his audience quickening the pace and briefly sharing his ideas. In the middle, the syntax demonstrates what his presidency will accomplish through the use of repetition such as "Let both sides..." and “ to those..” Just as the beginning of his sentence is powerful and influential, so is Kennedy as he announces his speech, desiring the audience to think about the problems at hands as he gets his point across. The ending acknowledges a series of his new ideas using the same parallelism sentence structure to create a rhythm that evokes the audience. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty” builds a sense of sophistication in his sentence to understand everything he says. Finally, he ends with a train of thought as he communicates his commitment to the American public and heartens people to join

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