Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

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A global call for peace was made on January 20th, 1961. John F. Kennedy asked the world to find a well-known but hard concept -- world peace. Kennedy uses rhetoric, the art of speech or communication, to make their speeches less bland and more convincing, throughout his speech. At the time the U.S.A and the U.S.S.R were fighting in the Cold War, and the world was under constant threat of a nuclear war. In “JFK’s Inaugural Address,” Kennedy claims mankind should seek a global peace. He effectively builds this claim by using the following: ethical and emotional appeals, as well as tricolon and anaphora.
One way Kennedy builds his claim is by using ethical appeal. He says, ”United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do- for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder” (7). This is an example of ethical appeal because it plays on the morals of common man to work together. Without working together the world will not obtain a shard of world peace because world peace can not come from the effort of few people. Later on he adds, “...we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves- not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right.” (7) This an example of ethical appeal because it shows that the United States will help others obtain peace because it is right. With taking this initiative, the rest of the world will have an example to follow. The audience then feels the need to help with the peace effort. Kennedy then declares, “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more then mine will rest the final success or failure of our course.” (9) This is ethical appeal because it questions whether the citizens of the world work to obtain world peace. Without the effort of the citizens, world peace will not be possible for future generations and their children. To sum up,Kennedy uses ethical appeal to support his claim of world peace.
Another way Kennedy develops his claim is by using emotional appeal. Kennedy announces, “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this
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