John F. Kennedy's Ich Bin Ein Berliner Speech

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After the decisive defeat of Germany in World War II, the country had divided into East and West Germany during the Cold War. East and West Germany soon became the center of growing political tension between the two superb superpowers, the United States and the USSR. In June of 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the united states, stepped into the West Berlin and deliberately delivered his memorable “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech near the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, his compelling speech aroused a tremendous acclamation of the immense crowd which overwhelmed the president. The speech was considered one of the best speeches of the world because it was inundated with both rhetorical appeals and devices throughout the entire speech. One of the rhetorical devices used in the speech was the ethos. Ethos is an ethical appeal used to persuade an audience of the speaker’s credibility or character. The speaker was John F. Kennedy, and he was then…show more content…
The speech ingested a broad variety of rhetorical devices to make itself one of the most rhetorical speeches ever delivered. Epistrophe is a repetition of the same word(s) at the end of successive phrases. Epistrophe was used when President Kennedy repeats the words “let them come to Berlin” at the end of the phrases. By emphasizing how safe and sound West Germany is compared to the Communist countries, President Kennedy built up a firm will that West Germany would be safer and stronger under the democratic freedom. Traductio is a repetition of the same word variously throughout a sentence. The president used traductio when he says “what is true of this city is true of Germany… with good will to all people” (Kennedy, “Ich bin ein Berliner”). In this paragraph, he uses the words “peace”, “free”, “good”, “true”, “right” repeatedly in order to emphasize the goodness of freedom, and that it is right for East and West Germany to keep the internal
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