Rhetorical Devices In Jfk Inaugural Speech

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On January 20 of 1961, John F. Kennedy took the stage and received the honor of becoming the President of the United States. At this time, throughout the world we were locked into constant issues, such as the Cold War. This put us in a headlock with Russia because neither side was willing to press the button and release the bombs. Kennedy stood on the platform and swore to us in his inaugural speech that he would keep us, the public, safe and end these conflicts that we were tangled in. Rhetorical devices became his ally as he tries to establish trust and hope for himself through the hearts of the audience.
In the first section of the speech, Kennedy celebrates the deep history of America and promises to continue to uphold the ideal we were founded on. The metaphor “the torch has been passed on to a new generation of Americans” reminds his audience of the rich past of the country and the duty this generation has to uphold it. This metaphor is very poignant because the torch holders in expeditions are extremely vital to the safety and success of the people on the journey. So when he stated that it “has been passed” on to us, you get the feeling that a really important job has been given to us and that we must work hard not to let anyone down. In the same idea, “the torch” is also being given to Kennedy as he takes on the role of the President. So we can view it as us all holding a torch with Kennedy heading the group as we strive to carve a path through the darkness of

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