Rhetorical Analysis Of George Bush's Inaugural Address

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Throughout the speech Bush uses many sources to that strengthen his credibility and appeals to ethos. To introduce the speech Bush started with an Anaphora “Our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack.” Bush uses the word our to make the country feel as one and be together. He also uses anaphora in the sixth paragraph, he said “I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened.” Bush does this to help unify the country during this hard time, he knew many ordinary people had been affected wanted to make sure that everybody knew who to pray for. He begins the third paragraph with anaphoras like…show more content…
Bush uses oversimplification in the phrase “America is targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity.” This shows oversimplification because Bush assumes there is only one simple cause of an outcome when there could be many more. Bush describes the planes crashing “The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing…” He also gives many facts about what he will continue to do after the attack. He states, “The functions of our government continue without interruption”, which shows facts that America will keep on going and will not take much affect of what just happened. Bush continues to keep the Americans hopeful with stating “Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will open for business as well.” Bush uses these phrases to support his speech and make the point that the US will continue to move forward. The details build up an appeal to logos and help Buah make his claim. The purpose of the 9/11 speech is to address what happened and and make sure that American people stay side by side. Bush uses “our,” in many places throughout the speech to show that we are all associated with one another and must join in partnership after a big attack. The audience was anyone who was listening to his speech. Not only was his audience the Americans
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