Rhetorical Analysis On Duties Of American Citizenship

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Speaker, Theodore Roosevelt, in his speech, Duties of American Citizenship, establishes what a good American citizen should act like. Roosevelt’s purpose is to persuade people to fulfill their duties as a citizen of the United States. He adopts a positive tone in order to appeal to the audience. Roosevelt first appeals to the audience on a personal note by using pathos, “No man can be a good citizen who is not a good husband and a good father, who is not honest with his dealings with other men and women, faithful to his friends and fearless in the presence of his foes, who has not got a sound heart, a sound mind and a sound body;” Roosevelt is describing what a good citizen is supposed to do and how they are supposed to act. Being personal gains the …show more content…

If the citizens of the United States want something gained then they have to put in effort. This points them back to having to work hard to be a good citizen and put in effort to become a good citizen. Working hard to become a better person and a better citizen will be worth it because as the quote says, “Nothing worth gaining is ever gained without effort.” Ethos is another rhetorical device used by Roosevelt in his speech, ethos will help express the importance of being together as one whole body. “ I think that we ought to be broad-minded to recognize that a good citizen, striving with fearlessness, honesty, and common sense do the best for the nation.” Roosevelt is stating that to be a good citizen you need to be open, have honesty, and common sense. Having these qualities allows for the nation to be together as a whole. These qualities represent a caring, great, and honest nation that the United States can and should

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