Rhetorical Analysis Of Speech On 9/11

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Every American knows of the horrifying terror attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001, in New York and Washington, DC. The terrorist organization al Qaeda hijacked four airlines and flew two of them into the World Trade Center in New York, and one of them into the Pentagon in Washington.The fourth plane was stopped mid ­flight by its brave passengers and did not reach its intended target. Innocent civilians were now the casualties of war waged by an extremist muslim terrorist group based out of Afghanistan. The United States had never witnessed any terrorist attack of this size on its own soil previous to 2001. This was a day that American citizens would remember forever, not only because of the events themselves, but because of the …show more content…

Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors. Bush’s use of words was key here he established pathos by explaining that the victims of 9/11 were friends and family of Americans, as they were Americans themselves. Bush addressed the emotion of every American who was shocked and scared of the events of 9/11 in these first sentences of his speech. This was key because these feelings were on the minds of everyone in his audience. This was also his warrant, hoping that all Americans were scared, angry, and shocked. Bush established more ethos and pathos in the next few sentences by saying that these acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. His statement described the sadness that Americans felt that day, but Bush then made a smart move in his speech. He changed the direction of the speech from negative to positive. This same paragraph ended with the statements that the American country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. This would shape Bush’s foreign policy for the rest of his term as president. He used the sadness of 9/11 to try

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