Rhetorical Analysis Of Franklin Roosevelt's Speech

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December 7th, 1941 is a day changed the lives of all Americans. It is the day Japan deliberately attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii killing many U.S. soldiers and destroying a lot of the U.S. naval fleet. This day which turned the tide of World War II, up until this point the U.S. had not chosen to intervene in the conflict overseas, but Japan’s attack had given the U.S. a reason to enter the fight. This speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 8th, 1941 was his own passionate plea to the U.S. government and people to support the U.S. entering the war and fighting back against the tyranny occurring overseas. President Franklin D. Roosevelt effectively appeals to the emotions of the U.S. population by establishing trust with his audience through the use of emotional diction, and repetition which allow him to rally support for the war effort. Roosevelt impassions support for the war effort through his use of emotional diction through his declaration of war. He uses certain phrases to alienate the Japanese from the American people and show them as an enemy of the American people.Throughout his speech he uses phrases like “this form of treachery” and “suddenly and deliberately attacked” to describe the nature of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (Roosevelt). The attack on Pearl Harbor was a huge betrayal by Japan, and Roosevelt uses several phrases such as “surprise offensive” and “deliberately planned” to emphasize the shock felt by the
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