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George W Bush 9 / 11 Speech Summary

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The momentous tragedy that occurred on September 11th, 2001 has been engraved into the memories of United States citizens. What began as an ordinary day quickly evolved into an infamous horror story: thousands of lives had been taken and countless more had been devastated and ruined by the acts of terror. No one could have predicted what was to come, but no one would be able to escape the horrific and frightening news of commercial airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. As the terrified country anxiously fretted about the future, President George W. Bush delivered a speech to address the nation in order to soothe the tensions and worry. In George W. Bush’s “9/11 Address to the Nation,” the terrorist attacks on the U.S. are confronted with a speech overflowing with rhetorical devices such as parallel structure, imagery, and various appeals in order to inspire and heal the country. Throughout the speech, Bush enlists the help of parallel structure in order to create a more memorable speech. He begins by acknowledging his audience and the circumstances under which he is addressing them, stating, “our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack.” In this phrase, the repetition of “our” is an anaphora utilized as a way of connecting the nation under the same beliefs. He develops his point further by repeating the words “we” and “our” to highlight an existing sense of unity for the duration of the speech. Along with repetition of words,
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