Rhetorical Analysis Of A Moon Speech

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Russia successfully launched the first artificial satellite in 1957, and this is what started the space age and the United States of America and the U.S.S.R space race. On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy stated “We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a state noted for strength, and we stand in a need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance,” as he delivered the Rice stadium moon speech. Kennedy delivered this speech in hopes of persuading Americans to support NASA’s intention to send a space ship to the moon. He attempted to persuade this using syntax and ethos. “I appreciate your president having made me an honorary visiting professor” Kennedy says as he also states that his “first lecture will be very brief.” He then begins by establishing credibility with his audience by using ethos. Mr. Kennedy then tries to convoy his audience that he will teach them something important as long as they keep an open mind. He lists different ways humans have advanced like using animal skin to cover their bodies, all the way up to developing penicillin, television and nuclear power. By giving these examples, Kennedy shows his knowledge and gives the audience even more reason to trust what…show more content…
After a while, congress passed a bill for increasing the budget to build the spacecraft that went on to go to the moon and with that being said, an American was the first human to step foot on the moon. With this mission being successful, it allowed the United State to regain leadership in the space exploration. The president showed confidence in the abilities to send an American on to the moon and bring them back to Earth safely. This showed that Kennedy made strong appeals to the emotional side of his

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