Jfk Inaugrual Address Analysis

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John F Kennedy wrote an Inaugural address speech on Friday, January 20, 1961. This day was very cold, and icy but there was no cancellations. He wanted change in many areas, like human rights, and unity of Americans. This speech had all strong aspects of pathos, ethos and logos. This speech was very worthwhile and very inspirational. The significance of his speech was his purpose, his choice of diction, and his figure of speech. His choice of diction made it very clear to him. He used words like “hopeful”, “we are”, and “fellow citizens”. Using “we are” and “fellow citizens” showed that he actually does care about this country and makes everyone equal. He also talks as if he as well as all the American citizens is in making this country better together. Using “hopeful” makes his tone more reliable and makes him sound more confident. He did seem a bit bi-polar when using some of his words to the audience. Kennedy wanted to reach his audience psychologically and asking them to consider what they could do for the country instead of asking him what he could do. His purpose on making this speech was to show his credibility. He wanted to show his goals on what we could not, not what he would do. He tried to make a call to the Americans to see what they could do for the country, and inspire them. “I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.” He wanted to show that he is not just catholic, but he tried to separate church from the state. He used a lot of figurative language in his speech. He used repetition and anaphora to get his point across, like when he said “To those...” and “Let both sides…” There was a lot of comparison to other major things, like the American Revolution. He wrote “our forebears” calling on pride and honor supporting his presidency which this

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