Pearl Harbor Speech Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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On December 8th, 1941 in Washington D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor. America was at the time about to begin a state of war, in which President Roosevelt had to address. While addressing this great nation President Roosevelt used pathos and logos to appeal to his audience. President Roosevelt used pathos in his speech by first bringing the nation together. President Roosevelt stated, “… the very life and safety of our nation… all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our nation remember… our people, our territory, and our interests.” By stating “our” many times throughout his speech, he is making it very personal. When people hear “our”, it is automatically related…show more content…
He again used repetition to further his logos strategy by saying “deliberately” several times as well. By stating that they “deliberately” attacked America, this also frustrates the American people because they can understand that this was not an accident, it was deliberate. President Roosevelt could have used antimetabole and stated, “If Japan attacks America, then America should attack Japan.” This is also a very aggressive approach and although may still be effective it is not as effective as using logos. The American people want the facts as used in logos, rather than a “you hit me, I hit you” approach. Finally, President Roosevelt was faced with the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. President Roosevelt effectively reached the American people by using American rhetoric throughout his speech, which included, pathos, logos, and repetition. He needed to get the American people on his side so that we could respond in war with Japan. President Roosevelt did this by touching people on a “family” basis by repeating “our” several times and making it a truly “United” country. He touched people’s emotions, as well as logic and won the

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