Rhetorical Analysis Of John F Kennedy Inaugural Speech

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Cole Curley
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Rhetorical Analysis of John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration Speech
On a cold January day America’s newly appointed president John F. Kennedy delivered his inauguration address that was incredibly important to America’s success during the Cold War. Kennedy uses his speech as a call to arms, but not only to America but the World and our allies as a whole. He uses his strong powerful voice to appeal to the ethics of the country in the beginning of his speech telling America about the promise we made when we were founded and that we must uphold it still today, telling America we must make a difference. Kennedy also uses ethics to explain that we the people are united no matter what your background or where you are from, he refers to the Americas as one place, because he wants for us to feel unified not divided. Furthermore Kennedy’s use of powerful imagery, logic and pathos allows for him to effectively call the people of the World together during this terrible time.
With the threat that the Cold War brought to America Kennedy’s use of Ethos incredibly helps him to thoroughly get his point across to the rest of the World that they must band together. His use of ethos is primarily found in the beginning of his speech where he reminds America that “we are heirs of that first revolution” and that now we are “proud of our ancient heritage-- and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to

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