Rhetorical Analysis Of Joseph Mccarthy's Enemies From Within

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After WW2 on february 9, 1950 Joseph McCarthy gave a speech “Enemies from Within” when communism was the biggest threat to the whole world. Joseph McCarthy was a Republican Senate who got famous after his speech. He claimed that there were people in U.S. government who are a member of communist society and also mentioned in his speech that he have a list 57 people. In the speech Joseph McCarthy is appealing to the Republicans and christians, trying to influence them to take action and fight against communism. He uses people's emotional fear to turn them against each other. In his speech he uses allusion, metaphor, and rhetorical appeals. He uses allusion as a way to get people's attention, he gave his speech on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. In the beginning of his speech he talked about how Lincoln hated war and wanted peace, but then he shifts his speech to the reality of cold war. He said everyone thinks the war is over and America won the war, but Americans are still on war which they don’t know. On first paragraph he mentioned “I would like to be able to speak of peace in our time, of war being outlawed, and of world-wide disarmament. These would be truly appropriate things to be able to mention as we celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.” He started his speech with a reference to Abraham Lincoln so that Americans would believe that he is just like Lincoln who wants to free them from communism. That way Americans will support him. His

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