Rhetorical Analysis Essay On Pearl Harbor

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Leading America into WWII
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 a date which will live in infamy the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” are the words that were used by U.S. President of the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt to address the nation about the attack that had just happen on Pearl Harbor. Causing a lot of debate on whether the to go into war in return, Roosevelt responded by delivering a speech that was not only a call to arms, but a request to declare war on Japan and bring the United States into WWII. In Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation, he used appeals such as ethos, pathos and parallelism to convey his conflicting feelings about the attack on Pearl Harbor in order to get the message out of the need to go into WWII, as well as, to have people understand what America had just been through.
Historical background
Although the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu Hawaii was surprisingly attacked on December 7, 1941, there had been tension already building between the U.S. and Japan. This tension gave the United States reason to place an embargo on petroleum shipments, along with other very vital materials that were needed by Japan, as well as, to freeze all of the Japanese
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This fear was that the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor would disrupt these plans. This caused Japan to make the decision to surprisingly attack Pearl Harbor, which was a U.S. base, as a precaution. Even though the U.S. did not think Japan would go out o fits way to attack a base that was 4,000 miles away, the Japanese though Pearl Harbor was a target that was irresistible, they had to attack. Their plan was one that was very simple, they wanted to destroy the Pacific Fleet so that U.S would not be able to fight back as Japans forces spread across the South Pacific. So after month of planning the attack, when they finally did it America was in shock, and wanted
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