Rhetorical Analysis Of Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address

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The author’s tone in a speech often represents his attitude toward the subject. Ronald Reagan addressed the nation in his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1981. He stated “Well, this administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunities for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination.” This quote shows how Reagan is confident that Americans will be getting helped by his administration. George W. Bush also used tone in 2001 when he gave his speech to Congress after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. “Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.” This quote shows how Bush is set on bringing justice to the enemy. The tone enhanced these speeches because it showed their attitude toward the subject they were addressing which…show more content…
Abraham Lincoln gave his Cooper Union Address speech on February 27, 1860. Lincoln stated “Is it not a little presumptuous in any one at this day to affirm that the two things which that Congress deliberately framed, and carried to maturity at the same time, are absolutely inconsistent with each other?” This shows how Lincoln feels about the topic and how he does not agree with it. Theodore Roosevelt addressed the nation with his “The Man with the Muck-rake” speech and also used diction in this speech. “An epidemic of indiscriminate assault upon character does no good, but very great harm. The soul of every scoundrel is gladdened whenever an honest man is assailed, or even when a scoundrel is untruthfully assailed.” Roosevelt uses certain words in this quote to show how he feels about his topic. Diction enhanced these speeches because it helped the audience understand how the author feels about their
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