Jfk Inaugural Speech Analysis

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Speech analysis for JFK Mr. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is credited to be one of America's greatest speakers. When I was asked to choose a speech to do an analysis on, I choose Kennedy's inaugural address. I choose this because it is one of the most recognized speeches in American history. There are many sources that have placed his address as second behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream." President Kennedy utilized many tools that are typically used in rhetorical or persuasive writing. Of these tools, he takes full advantage of Aristotle's three areas of rhetorical writing. Aristotle created three areas of rhetorical writing. President Kennedy starts his speech off with ethos, which is also known as credibility. This credibility is created by him showing that he has followed the same rules that had been in effect for about 175 years. He shows that he has a legitimate responsibility to the American public as did the previous presidents. His introduction presents the fact that he is official. As Kennedy advances on into his speech, he continues to keep the attention of the people. He does this by using emotionally charged words to draw in the American public and get them to relate to the topics at hand. "...the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans...born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed..." He shows that the country is one. As Kennedy progresses, he also uses Aristotle's logos. Logos is also known as logic. By using these logos such as, "...we pledge our best efforts to help them them help themselves, for whatever period is required--not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right." He
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