John F. Kennedy won the 1960 US presidency election by a small margin as the youngest and the only Roman Catholic president in history. In the peak of the cold war, Kennedy delivered the most influential inaugural address of all time, in which he inspires and unites people listening, watching or reading his speech around the world. I believe Kennedy successfully establishes his legacy of encouraging people to take positive actions for liberty through his inaugural address with the efficient use of ethos, logos and pathos. Kennedy gradually builds his ethos as a strong yet approachable leader in the speech. As the president of US, Kennedy has an automatic ethos.
Friday, January 20, 1961 was the Inaugural Address of former president John Fitzgerald Kennedy also known as John F Kennedy. In the wake of winning the Presidential decision by one of the littlest edges ever, Kennedy was approved by more than half of the country shortly thereafter. Kennedy’s speech was centered on Freedom and the country’s call to greatness. The inaugural address speech that was made by President Kennedy was made to motivate and incite the American people to activity. Kennedy’s Inaugural speech was not only aimed to the people of the country, but also to the rest of the world.
Christopher Columbus or Native Americans We have been taught the same concept of the discovery of America for hundreds of years. Christopher Columbus discovered America and we celebrate Columbus Day every year to honor his bravery and strength, but every story has two sides. Native Americans who have been settled in the “New World” long before Columbus stumbled onto the land, aren’t given the recognition they deserve. While some praise Columbus for his discoveries, many are questioning if we have forgotten the importance of Native Americans and what part they played in the Christopher Columbus story. Author Jack Weatherford explains his view on Columbus Day and what we should be celebrating.
Patrick Henry, former governor of Virginia, bravely spoke on the 23rd of March, 1775, at St. John’s Church, introducing his strategies to end the American Revolution in victory. The speech was so inspiring that it ignited a massive flame of patriotism. Americans began to greatly support his political ideology. Due to his stirring choice of words, the phrase “Give me liberty, or give me death!” impacted the listeners, making his remarkable words yet known to this date. Henry’s use of ethical appeal, logical and emotional appeals, as well as rhetorical devices, touched the audience.
He was also liked by many and won his reelection easily. In the text Assassinated by an Anarchist it says that McKinley was called “the most popular chief executive since Abraham Lincoln…” This shows that the people liked McKinley and that he did good things while in office because he was compared with the highly acclaimed President Abraham Lincoln. One of the great things he did is win the Spanish-American war of 1898. The president didn’t want to go to war
Thirty two years ago on June 6, 1984, at Pointe du Hoc on the northern shore of France President Ronald Reagan delivered what would be considered to be one of his greatest speeches. On the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, President Reagan spoke with raw emotion and simplicity that made the events of that longest day real to those who were not there. He honored, inspired, and touched people that he would never meet all in the short span of under fifteen minutes. The man who was dubbed the “Great Communicator” communicated a chilling message of freedom, determination, and heart to America and the rest of the world. He would use this speech to describe the events of that day forty years before in a way that made one see the bombs, and hear the gunfire.
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.
Johnson made effective use of his rhetoric when he promoted his “War on Poverty.” When Johnson sent the bill to Congress, he added a special written message as was customary. Johnson’s message was addressed to Congress, but the style and format of the message was more like a public speech to arouse support for his program. Now a common practice, his message used short catchy phrases that could be easily rearranged and used in the evening news. Johnson’s public demand for the “war effort” and his publicity stunts gave him the advantage he needed to pass his bill through Congress. Roosevelt and Wilson made the greatest impact on the rhetorical presidency because their effective use of oratory set a new rhetorical standard.
On January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan gave his “First Inaugural Address” with the United States listening; some people were able to experience firsthand Ronald Reagan’s passion and views for our country, in Front of the Capitol Building, while others tuned in to listen on the momentous occasion. Ronald Reagan sets the stage for his presidency using logos through logical sentences that are meant to bring the audience a better perspective on his point of view. Diction was a key factor in showing Ronald Reagan’s strong sense of nationalism; he chose powerful, hopeful words and phrases that were intended to unify the people. He shows syntax through anaphora, repetition, and parallelism. By using these rhetorical devices, he states key phrases more than once to create an urgency and therefore grab listener’s attention.
Despite the fact that his status in the Umuofia tribe was high-ranked, his masculinity seems to bulldoze over the qualities that humanize him. In a section of Psychology & Behavioral Health Vol.2 about fear, the author states, “Fear is an unpleasant emotion that occurs in response to an immediate and identifiable threat, usually of an external nature ” (Moglia). While faced with conflict Okonkwo detects a threat and reacts. In several instances these reactions have caused him immense losses such as the death of his adopted son. Okonkwo's temper always manages to shine through, Things Fall Apart depicts this perfectly by stating, “It is not only Ikemefuna who feels fear… every nerve in Okonkwo tells him this is wrong, but when the moment comes, he kills his adopted son.” The inability for Okonkwo to be weak makes him solely cruel and with a weak father like Unoka he felt forced to adapt opposite ideals.