9 / 11 Speech Analysis

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September 20, 2001, was the day that President George W. Bush addressed the Nation in a Joint Session of Congress following the terror attacks upon America (also known as 9/11). His speech was given to induce a specific action while at the same time addressing the Nation and Congress of the coming war on terror. President Bush’s speech was not only meant to inform but to persuade the American people to feel comforted in the light of this tragedy and acknowledge that serious efforts are being put forth to resolve the aftershock of the attacks. He aims to persuade the Nation that war is coming and that it’s the best decision for America. He advises the Nation of the coming war, leading with, “Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.” (American Rhetoric, 2001). He further advises of the impending war with the statements, “Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated” and “How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command -- to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.” (American Rhetoric, 2001). President Bush’s purpose and message of the speech was made very clear: We are going to war, and it’s going to be long with several casualties. Throughout President Bush’s use of supporting materials, he utilizes positive ethos and follows the

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