Rhetorical Analysis In Jfk Speech

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JFK Speech – Analysis Diction Kennedy uses abstract words so his speech would appeal to everyone because each person's idea of words like freedom and sacrifice are different. Some examples of rhetorical tropes used in the speech are metaphor, “...those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger and ended up inside” and personification, “...to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty.” Kennedy's use of figures of speeches are cliché. He uses them in a patriotic fashion, saying things like helping allies cast off the “chains of poverty” or strongly advertising America's freedom and liberty; things that Americans say today and have said in the past. It may be due to the fact that this speech was said about half a century about, but there are some words in the speech that are not used often today. Words like…show more content…
He begins with the larger paragraphs to give background to his speech, and starting on the 6th paragraph he begins to talk about his pledges to different audiences, each in their own paragraph to make sure they're getting the message. The speech addresses a lot of things, yet is not lengthy. The short sentences creates breaks in between sentences and paragraphs to create silences that keeps the audience tensed and waiting for the next point. Complex sentences allow Kennedy to add details or emphasize to his short sentences. These sentences give his speech more depth which can be considered hidden energy. Through antithesis, Kennedy shows his purpose is to target things that they should do by first telling them what they should not do in order to achieve unity and liberty. Declarative sentences show that the speaker is not afraid, not uncertain and is a powerful leader. If Kennedy had shown weakness, the public would not trust him and other countries would try to take advantage of

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