Essay on Rhetorical Analysis on Roosevelt's Speech About Pearl Harbor

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“Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy.” Those are the famous words from President Franklin Roosevelt regarding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The purpose in Roosevelt’s “Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation” was to educate the nation on what had happened and to justify his reasons for declaring war upon the Japanese Empire. Each word in this memorable speech tugged on the emotions of the American people. His emotional and passionate appeal about his duty as President and former commander and chief showed while delivering this speech. In this rhetorical essay I will evaluate his effectiveness in persuading his argument as to why we should declare war on the Japanese Empire. President Roosevelt’s persuasion in…show more content…
Roosevelt uses reasoning in the statement, “The United States was at peace with the nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.” This statement informs us The United States and Japan were at peace with one another and Japan turns around behind our back and attacks us. He informs Congress of the betrayal Japan did to The United States. President Roosevelt uses all three rhetorical appeals in his speech. He first uses pathos, emotional appeal, with his words. His use of the possessive pronoun our in “our people”, “our territory”, and “our interests” makes the American person feel unity with one another and an invader has come and disrupt our togetherness as a country; therefore something must be done. Also him bringing up the fact many lives have been lost by explaining the damage caused by the Japanese in stating “The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American and military forces. I regret to tell you that very man American lives have been lost.” This speech provides emotions such as sadness, anger, and revengefulness. A supportive ethical appeal, or credibility, appears in this speech declaring why we should declare war on
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