Final Essay Throughout his inaugural address, John Fitzgerald Kennedy uses juxtaposition, anaphora, and emotional appeals (pathos) to rally the american public against nations of the world with different ideologies, namely Communism. With a leader as charismatic as Kennedy, it is inevitable that a speech of his would utilize classic rhetorical devices to further his purpose as he sets the stage for his presidency. Kennedy’s use of antithesis through juxtaposition creates the illusion that you are either apart of his ideas or against them. Kennedy tells Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” which would imply that if you are not a loyal patriot giving for the United States, than you are the problem. Chiasmus, the technical name for Kennedy’s literary device in the previous example, is often used to create the sense of opposition that is present throughout his address.
This scandal caused many Americans and Republican politicians to push Eisenhower to remove Nixon as his running mate and to question Nixon’s integrity. In rebuttal to the scandal, Nixon took the bull by the horns and defended himself by going on live national television and addressed the nation by giving the famous Checkers speech. The soon to be Vice-President articulated his speech with a perfect combination of Pathos, Ethos, and Logos to turn the tables from making everyone hate him to making the American People and Republican Politicians love him. Nixon’s integrity was
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address Saturday, March 4 1865 Abe Lincoln gave one of the most famous inaugural speeches of all time. Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was the speech in which Lincoln read as he was being sworn into his second term. He perfectly summed up his last term in a casual way and gave people closure about the losses and sacrifices made in the war. When Lincoln gave his second inaugural address, he presented it in a very solemn and serious way. As stated in the video, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural David Blight states: “This is not a speech where he is trying to make the American people feel good...” Which from my understanding sound like he is just giving a short recap of his last term and explaining his choices
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, leaving his Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in charge of a hopeless and disbanded country. Shortly after he was sworn in, Johnson attempted to ease those emotions in his speech, "Let Us Continue." In his speech, "Let Us Continue," Johnson's purpose is to persuade his audience that the country needs to be united again in order to move on and to ease the hopelessness and emotional tension after Kennedy's assassination. Johnson first addresses his audience, and then starts out with the usage of an antithesis, stating that "The greatest leader of our time has been struck down by the foulest deed of our time," creating an empathetic mood in order to soothe the emotional tension within the audience.
Detroit’s republican congressman, Robert Clancy, in his persuasive speech, “Un-America Bill”, elaborates on the racism of Quota Act of 1921 additionally, consequently, the patriotic acts of immigrants. Clancy’s purpose is stamping his disdain of the recently formed Act, onto any listener. He molds a nostalgic tone in order to emphasize his feelings to his listeners, that explains the Quota Act of 1921, moreover his opposition of this. Robert Clancy of ‘Un-American Bill’ does a checkered job of convincing the audience by strong pathos, such as when he talks to elderly citizens of Irish as well as German heritage, patchy ethos, he’s a congressman, also sturdy logos, by using his own experience. In his speech to congress Clancy, accordingly, reiterates what he’s heard, as a Detroit
Before Jefferson entered the presidential office he was a states rights supporter and when the tax on whiskey was placed he opposed it, saying “The first error was to admit it by the Constitution.” (Doc A). He didn’t like the constitution because of the fact that it would make central government stronger. When the alien act was passed he was opposed to it and said that the central government should only have a set of specific purposes and the leftover purposes should be left to the states individually. (Doc B) Determining the amount of time it takes to be a citizen, and the ability to jail people opposing the government was too much power to Jefferson. When he came into office he realized the necessity for more central power and took more matters into his own hands, he had become a loose constructionist.
“ Give me liberty or give me death”,( Patrick Henry). The most well known speech given by the prestigious Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 expressing his thoughts and feelings about fighting back against Britain and protecting their beloved country. At this time the British was defeating America terribly which had made Patrick Henry feel as though his freedom was being jeopardized. Patrick Henry’s speech was an attempt to persuade the american citizens not to just sit and do nothing, he wanted to fight back against Britain. Patrick Henry felt as though many of the citizens were not aware of the seriousness of what was happening and that the needed to have a wake up call.
In this article “FDR’s Body Politics” by Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe discusses about how a crippled man become the president in the context of the culture that elects. It is about Franklin Roosevelt understood that a politician is not able to control his own body would be perceived as unable to control the body politic. While giving his speeches, he was physical bearing with it when delivering them. He tried to project robust health for himself while imputing disability, weakness, and even disease onto his political opponents and their policies. In FDR's Body Politics: The Rhetoric of Disability, Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe examine the silences about Roosevelt's disability.
Empty promises from president after president lead Americans to lose faith in politics. In A Prayer for Owen Meany, Americas search for truth and honesty in politics plays out during both the Kennedy and Reagan administrations. Owen’s search for honesty in politics prompts him to reform his own attitude. Upon hearing of JFK’s election, he writes in his journal, NO MORE SARCASM MASTER…NO MORE CYNICAL, NEGATIVE, SMART-ASS, ADOLESCENT BULLSHIT! THERE IS A WAY TO BE OF SERVICE TO ONE’S COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING A FOOL; THERE IS A WAY TO BE OF USE WITHOUT BEING USED...” He thought that Kennedy was religious and—incredibly—he didn’t mind that Kennedy was a Catholic.
Challenges of the late 19th century between Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Jackson Turner. Grant was known for his Inaugural Address he wrote on March 4th, 1869 he talked about rights for every man no matter what race to have equal rights and be able to vote anywhere in the United States. Grant also hated politics; he thought he didn’t owe Politian’s anything. Grant was also a popular person, being that he was a popular person people told him to run for president and so he did. He didn’t have to campaign himself because everyone just voted for him.
William James once said in his book “ History is a bath of blood”, “Modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors. Showing war’s irrationality and horror is of no effect on him. The horrors make the fascination. War is the strong life; it is life in Extremis; war taxes are the only ones men never hesitate to pay, as the budgets of all nations show us.” (303) However, this does not seem true to most returning veterans. According to two short fictional stories “ Soldier’s Home” and “ A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” two protagonists’ lives after brutal wars explicitly demonstrate the idea that they are not only pathetic survivors from battles, but also victims of relentless wars through authors’ vivid depictions of each character and elaborate arrangement of settings.
President Carter was initially trusted by the public because he was considered an outsider in a political sense. He was a peanut farmer instead a crook, businessman on Wall Street. The American public tended to disagree with Carter’s foreign politics, such as handing over control of the Panama Canal to a dictator, and ending the Russian wheat deal to establish trade with the U.S.S.R. But the foreign event that made Carter look the weakest was his handling of the Iran Hostage Crisis where 52 American embassy officials were held hostage and tortured for 444 days in Tehran (History.com). Carter had first allowed a shah to seek medical attention in the U.S. after previously being banned from coming, after the shah was in America, Iranian students attacked the embassy and took hostages.
“At this point he was mainly concerned with domestic politics and showed few signs of the internationalism for which he later became famous” (Kennedy, John F.). Suddenly following in 1952 he was elected Senator for Massachusetts, then marrying his wife Jacqueline Lee Bouvier the following year. Kennedy was a well known supporter of civil rights legislation, the two obstacles he faced was being young and Roman Catholicism. He proved everyone inaccurate after his victories in all seven primaries that he entered, however he confirmed his place as Democratic candidate. (Kennedy, John F.).
Towards the end of the 17th century US relations with foreign nations such as France and GBR depleted to the cries of war. Luckily Mr. Adams considered the US’s condition financially and never asked congress to declare war, especially with France. Though during the election of 1800, Adams became no match for the Republican Party as the Federalists, represented by John Adams during the election, stabbed Adams in the back as Alexander Hamilton, a prominent High-Federalist always creating problems for Adams, cried to many southern voters of the Presidents inability to hold office. In fact, Hamilton composed a pamphlet “Letter Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams.” Federalists advocated for the vote of Charles Pickney,