John F Kennedy Inaugural Address Rhetorical Analysis

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John F. Kennedy began his term as president with a widely renowned speech to the United States public and beyond; however, within a few years, he encountered an economic dilemma. Although the nation showed improvement in the economy following a recession, steel prices increased. At a news conference, Kennedy complained of this predatory rise in price by publicly scolding and shaming the executives of the companies. He opposed the actions of the steel distributors through critical, harsh diction and by alluding to earlier events in American history. Kennedy utilizes biting and condemning diction to denounce the decisions of the steel companies. He explicitly declares his “utter contempt” (20) for the owners of the corporations for raising …show more content…

He first notes the army and their involvement in foreign disputes. He exhibits contempt for the companies which raise steel prices while soldier have “to risk their lives” (11-12) for the United States. The army has many proponents throughout America as it demands significant funds and includes civilians from around the country. To draw more personal and melancholy bond, Kennedy states how there were “four...killed in the last two days” (12) while steel prices swelled. His references demand sympathy from the American people who have connections with the military. He completes his conference by mentioning his first public speech as president. He recalls both asking the same audience “what [they] would do for [their] country” (108) and finding the answer to his inquiry. His inauguration was remembered and praised for its echoes of patriotism. The audience took pride in the United States, and would feel inspired by Kennedy’s call to action. With his connections to events and conflicts in American history, Kennedy develops a sense of unification and trust in his

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