President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address Speech

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President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address Speech On January 20, 1961 a clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court held the large Fitzgerald family Bible as John F. Kennedy took the oath of office to become the nation’s 35th president. Analyzing his inaugural speech Kennedy uses rhetorical strategies to achieve his purpose, this strategies gave him a touch of youthful aspirations and hope for the future as well as determination and plans to set his thoughts true by connecting and gaining attention from the crowds dream of a renaissance America. When JFK was elected president, America was recovering from the hardship of the cold war, America needed a leader that would bring peace and unity to the country. JFK inaugural speech encouraged and attempted to persuade citizens to work for the promised future. He uses many rhetorical strategies in this famous speech in order to deliver his message loud and clear. Various of these were his use of antithesis and parallelism, hortative and imperative sentences as well as anaphora. The use of antithesis and parallelism used various times in his speech to give strength and call attention to specified persons with his words, for instance “To those old allies” ; “To those new allies” ; “We shall support any friend, oppose any foe” ( for the preservation of liberty) and the most famous “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” the use of this strategy sets a balance and contrast by enhancing two opposites sides and the parallelism adds a more rhythmic structure. In addition, Kennedy also uses hortative and imperative sentences structure many times because these are sentences that urge or call everyone to take action. The phrases “let us”, “let both sides” in the first part of his speech with the purpose of saying that all should unify with him to take the action
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