Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

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During his Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy, makes an effort to motivate the world on January 20,1961 in Washington, DC. On this cold day, Kennedy makes it a point to unite the American people, by stating,” In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.” This statement gives the American people the responsibility of its success or failure, as America and the Soviet Union were on the brink of war. While also stating,” Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Kennedy sends a respectful but direct message to the Soviet Union here, although he hopes for peace he is not hesitant to use lethal force to defend his country. Kennedy’s use to appeals of emotion, and kairos gives his argument a strong imagery and emotion, therefore allowing this call to action to be so effective in uniting the world together. Kennedy’s goal for his speech was not to celebrate his victory but to unite the world together. He begins to compare the beliefs of America in 1961 to the beliefs of our country during the revolution and makes the claim that nothing has changed. Although, we had not reached freedom and liberty as a global community in 1961. He goes on to state,” let every nation, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” Kennedy applies to pathos here by making
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