Jfk Rhetorical Devices

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John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States in 1961, gave an inaugural address in the cold winter during January. This was a landmark speech that was intended for the American people and both political parties in order to unite America into one again. The main purpose that the speech served was that Kennedy was trying to inspire with confidence that they can do anything if they’re united together. The main subject of the inaugural address was about World Peace for the “New Age.” Kennedy used rhetorical devices such as the antithesis, alliteration, parallelism, and metaphor in order to capture the audience’s attention. Kennedy used the rhetorical device known as antithesis during some remarkable moments in his speech. One of the most …show more content…

He used alliteration around twenty times throughout the speech in order to make his speech easier to remember. The repetition of words makes the speech efficient because it lets the audience memorize the speech easier. Kennedy used multiple alliterations such as “sovereign states”, “same solemn”, and “faithful friends”. The use of repetition with the same sound was an efficient way to convey the message to his audience. Additionally, Kennedy used anaphora to paint out a big picture to the American citizens about his plan. The rhetoric method anaphora was efficiently presented when Kennedy start of his paragraph with, “Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary”. Kennedy starts off with a strong hook in order to capture the attention of the audience and to make them follow along. His speech was so successful because he used anaphora in order to highlight the paragraphs that are …show more content…

The use of anaphora, parallelism, alliteration, and the metaphors were what makes his speech so memorable. Kennedy’s speech united America during a crucial time that was required in order to “fight” off Russia. This speech contains rhetorical devices that was well-written in his speech and it brought persuasion to the people of America. Without this speech during this crucial time America wouldn’t have been united as they were and it would’ve been hard to achieve world peace. This crucial piece not only just united America, but it’s also a great piece of literature to study

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