Jfk Rehtoric Speech

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Aleeza Waxman Mrs. Beach AP English September 29th, 2013 President Kennedy’s inaugural speech introduced Americans to his ideas and beliefs that he wanted to make a reality during his presidency. He tries to convey a sense of trustworthiness because if the nation doesn’t trust him, they will never feel comfortable during his term in office. Kennedy uses strategies like pathos, antithesis, and parallelism to help interpret his goals to the people and form a good relationship with the nation based on trust. Throughout the course of his speech, President Kennedy uses several persuasive appeals to inspire and gain the trust of his audience. However, Kennedy effectively uses emotional language to make his audience feel involved in his goals as President. Kennedy makes the task of bringing peace and prosperity to the world not only a personal objective, but also one of the American people. By telling the audience to "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for country," the audience feels personally responsible for making the world a better place in which to live. Aside from instilling a feeling of responsibility in his audience, the most notable aspect of Kennedy's address is his ability to use language for the purpose of stirring a sense of pride in the American people. During his address the President constantly uses images of freedom and liberty as he reminds his listeners that they are, "The heirs of that first revolution." This language prompts the audience to think of the United States as a strong, father-like nation that is responsible for the goodwill of all the nations of the world. Kennedy emphasizes his main points by using antithesis as well. In his first sentence, he says, “We observe today not as a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom.” Such a celebration of freedom is what Kennedy wanted the audience to realize. Later in
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