Rhetorical Analysis Of President Washington 's Speech

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On September 19, 1796 The [at the time] United States President, George Washington, delivered his leaving office speech, also known as, Washingtons Farewell address. This speech addresses some problems in the United States and telling everyone that he is leaving office. He wants the citizens and the government to know that he wishes the best and that he is leaving office for a good reason. His tone is clear as of the context of this speech. He is sad that he is leaving, but again, he only wishes the best for america in years to come. There is an absence of logos (logical appeal) in president washington’s speech. There is not a need for it in this speech though, due to the fact that this is his leaving office speech, so no logic is needed.…show more content…
Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave…” (para. 6) is saying that he is proud with what he has done for the country. It is effective by making the audience feel as if they should also be proud of him. President Washington uses ethos (ethical appeal) to show his sense of credibility when he states “ Not unconscious in the outset of the inferiority of my qualifications, experience in my own eyes, perhaps still more in the eyes of others, has strengthened the motives to diffidence of myself; and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.” his qualifications as a part of the government as a way to tell america he has trust in them choosing a new leader and only believes in america. This is just one of many ethos examples in the text. His use of ethos is effective in the text because it shows a sense of authority and leadership to the audience. Some may belive that washington was wrong for leaving office, and in a way, they have a point. He had done so much for the country at the time, and many people think him exiting office was wrong. They believed that he should stay in office until death, which is not
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