Fdr : A Protagonist Or Antagonist?

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FDR: A Protagonist or Antagonist?
On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces. The very next day, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the United States Congress with his memorable speech including “a date which will live in infamy.” Next, I would like to bring focus to the rhetorical aspect of the main purpose and the relevance of FDR’s captivating speech. The speech that was held on December 8th. 1941 had two purposes. One was to urge Congress to formally declare war on Japan and the other purpose was to rally the American people to support the war effort, together. Roosevelt’s chose of words helped him communicate his messages through rhetoric. The most memorable phrase of this speech, actually is one of the first lines. “Infamy” can and did foreshadow the tone for the entire speech. Was naming the date an important factor as to why we will never forget the bombings on American soil? Roosevelt used vivid and zealous words to describe this awful December day throughout his speech. Words such as “this form of treachery” or “suddenly and deliberately attacked” can deliberately match the tone that Franklin Roosevelt was trying to present to Congress. In this speech, FDR is speaking with the help of rhetoric which is playing a huge role by using the pathos, ethos, and even logos. Nonetheless, FDR’s speech was full of rhetoric, his message was a clear call-to-action for the American audience listening in and the Congress he was representing the formal…
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