Pearl Harbor Address Rhetorical Analysis

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Franklin Roosevelt wrote the “Pearl Harbor Address” December 8, 1941. This speech was giving to the Congress of the United States. This speech was addressing the recent attack on the U.S. in Pearl Harbor. Franklin Roosevelt using pathos and logos. He using these two types of argument persuasion throughout all of his speech to declare war on Japan to the United States Congress. The use of pathos is a speech is very persuasive especially when there has been a tragic event that has taken place. Pearl Harbor was a very tragic event in the history of the United States. “With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.”, Franklin Roosevelt use’s “we” in his speech to unite everyone together and show what he is on their side. This is a very power way of showing that you are trying to help and you are on there same side. Another way of using emotion to your advantage is to get the audience a little bit excited. By saying “ No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in…show more content…
If you are giving people logical ideas it is hard to say you're wrong, and that you don’t believe them. Franklin Roosevelt using Logos like “It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago.” This is showing that the Japanese had been planning the attack for many days or even weeks. It is very logical and make sense. It is hard not to believe someone when you are present with logical thinking. “The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.” This is only giving us more reasons to declare war on
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