Bush 9 / 11 Speech Analysis

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During a period of history when the United States of America experienced its first act of terrorism, on September 11, 2001 four hijacked airplanes, navigated by Al-Qaeda terrorists flew directly into the Twin Towers and attacked the Pentagon. The nation experienced an abundance of emotions; grief, fear, despair, etc. To keep the nation in control, and provide a sense of comfort and security to citizens who are scared and worried about the outcome of their nation, President Bush addressed a speech to the American public. The use of rhetorical devices allows Bush’s speech to be effective by providing a sense of comfort and security to his grieving nation. To begin, President Bush expresses a calm yet comforting tone which sets forth a positive connotation to American citizens that there is hope for reconstruction. Bush uses the image of “…airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing…” (Bush) show the affect that horrendous action. had on the citizens emotions. The collapsing of the buildings provokes the citizens emotions by showcasing how their secure nation could become dismantled so quickly. Bush states, “These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong” (Bush). In his address Bush uses the Americans frightened and unstable emotions as a way to evoke comfort, even though our nation might be dismantled, we will remain strong together. Bush’s use of words
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