A Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy's Speech

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John F. Kennedy was elected during the Cold War which was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union. Citizens of the United States needed a leader while communism was spreading and dangerous weapons were being manufactured. Kennedy’s inaugural address was delivered on January 20th, 1961 in Washington, D.C. Kennedy envisioned bringing peace with other countries and uniting democratic countries to conquer communism. He dreams of bringing enemies together and creating a global alliance. Kennedy provides appeal to patriotism, appeal to religion, parallelism and antithesis to express unity and peace.
Kennedy uses an appeal to patriotism to motivate citizens of the United States to defend freedom and democracy. He wants Americans to act …show more content…

Kennedy utilizes an appeal to religion to connect with Americans. Kennedy alludes to God, “ let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own” to let Americans know that humans now hold the power and God is the helping hand. Kennedy is asking for “strength and sacrifice” of the people in order to make change in the world. JFK uses a quote from the Bible, “Isaiah--to ‘undo the heavy burdens…(and) let the oppressed go free’” to illustrate that by having unity we need to get rid of tyranny.
Kennedy utilizes parallelism to illustrate his points. He repeats “Let both sides” in his speech to create harmony with the United States and the Soviet Union, and to fix common global problems like “tyranny, poverty, disease and war”. He wants countries to help one another with problems than letting issues divide them. In his address he wants his nation to
“pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty” in order to have freedom. He uses parallelism to make his speech stand out and to place an order of importance. This shows what he wants for the country, which is to do it together. Kennedy repeats “To those” to refer to different people around the

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