Kennedy's Rhetorical Analysis: The Hike In Gas Prices

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On April 10, 1962, the United States’ largest steel companies raised their prices by 3.5 percent. The people of the nation were unhappy and had wondered why this change had occurred. I compare this to when gas prices go up; no one is happy when gas prices raise. Some figure that we already spend enough. Kennedy uses a number of rhetorical devices in his speech which help to justice the reasons behind the raised prices. Repetition is a great way to get your point across as whoever you’re talking to will eventually listen and hear your message. During the news conference when Kennedy was speaking, he continues to say, “when we are,” as to make those listening understand that the prices affect him too. Kennedy wants them to understands that all of the United States’ people were unified and together. Such as if something affects the country, it affects every individual in the country. He also continues to say “we” to ensure the people that his is a part of the nation’s body and he does not entirely agree with it either. By using repetition, it helps Americans to recognize that their president also feels the emotions they are feeling. …show more content…

By using pathos, people can begin to fathom what they would be sacrificing. “… it would increase the cost of homes, autos, appliances, and most other items for every American family.” Though he lists how the steel prices would affect their everyday and business lives, later in his speech, Kennedy states that the labor costs per ton of steel are actually expected to decline. Americans may be sad or angry at what they are giving up, but Kennedy assures them that there may be lighter times coming ahead and there are possible safeguards to protect the public

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