Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy

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The beginning of Kennedy’s presidency was a hectic moment in time. It was the middle of the Cold War, a newfound fear of nuclear war, and the presence of communism to name a few. John F. Kennedy addressed these problems- indirectly- in his inaugural address to calm the minds of the American people. His speech may have been short, but it was clear and concise on what he was trying to get across. In those few short minutes, he accomplished something that will forever be remembered by not only Americans, but the rest of the world. Kennedy began the unitation of the people and others around the world that were listening. He, undoubtedly, used many writing techniques throughout such as ethos, pathos, and logos to convince his audience of his inspiring message. Kennedy effectively convinces his audience-- through the use of pathos, ethos, logos, and repetition-- to rise up and unite together for a better future. Kennedy demonstrates the use of pathos-- which is his main appeal throughout-- by talking about American patriotism, which is an important topic given what is going on at this moment. The ongoing fear of nuclear war is what really sells his main points. For example, his first sentence in his speech,“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.” (Kennedy).He know that patriotism is the core of American beliefs. He makes a comparison between “the first revolution” and the
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