Jfk Inaugural Adress Rhetorical Analysis

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Ashley Martin AP Lang and comp 1/28/12 JFK Inaugural Address Rhetorical Analysis President John F. Kennedy presented a very compelling speech to Americans and “citizens of the world” after being sworn-in to office on January 20, 1961, the time of the Cold War. This was a continuing state of political and military tension between the powers of the Western world. Citizens trembled with fear of nuclear power. Kennedy’s hopes were to reassure the nations and set peace thought his speech. His inauguration speech was so effective that it captured the entire nation’s attention by the use of rhetorical devises such as antithesis, anaphora and imperative sentences to help him strengthen his purpose of unity and reassure American’s that their freedom would be upheld. John F. Kennedy begins his inaugural speech by using antithesis to emphasize the importance of his success in the presidential race. Kennedy describes his victory as “symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning -- signifying renewal, as well as change.” This helps him create his purpose that he is going to take action but still hold onto the beliefs of our founding fathers. Kennedy Is reassuring America that even though they are going through tough times with the cold war, that they have to refer back to their roots for guidance. By describing these responsibilities passed on to the new generation, Kennedy invokes the need for the people to continue to support the ideas of freedom that have made the country so successful. Doing so, he challenges Americans to “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe.” JFK presents the use of imperative sentences to help him command, implore, and entreat the Americans to do their part. This makes the nation ask themselves “what together [they] can do for
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