Rhetoric Analysis: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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oosevelt uses many rhetorical devices to make the audience trust him. He uses Ethos to make them feel like they are equal even though he has a substantial amount of power over them. He uses Pathos to tell about emotions that could be present in the state that the nation was in the Great Depression. The President uses logos to tell the hard truth to the American people and he tells them the truth. Franklin Delano Roosevelt uses ethos, pathos, and logos to strengthen his message of hope for America. Rhetorical devices can be very cool and intelligible if you look at how they plan these things out. Franklin Delano Roosevelt uses many different rhetorical devices and other persuasive skills to gain the trust of the American people.…show more content…
FDR uses many rhetorical devices and examples of these are very present in the speech. Another example of this is when he compares the Great Depression to the Locust plague of the Bible. ”We are stricken by no plague of Locusts.” Franklin is saying that the situation they are going through is not as bad as it looks but It is pretty bad, so he uses the Biblical plague of Locusts to say, “Hey, it could be a lot worse.” As you can see FDR uses many rhetorical devices in his first inaugural speech to establish trust. Ethos is a rhetorical device used to appeal to the reader or listeners ethics, hence the E.T in ethos. Franklin Delano Roosevelt uses Pathos as well in his speech and he uses it in a way that makes the audience feel for him. "...- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." Roosevelt uses loaded language to emphasize what fear, which is useless, does to us and how it affects our plans. FDR presents us with many rhetorical devices in this speech and we have to look at this speech from the view of a citizen in the early 1930’s that is broken and lost everything and is starving. ”So, first of all, let me assert my
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