President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

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John F. Kennedy addressed the country as President for the first time on January 20, 1961, keeping the audience thinking about the future of the United States, but the future of other countries as well. In this Inaugural Address, Kennedy uses antithesis to set up a way of thinking that has to be broken down in order to fully understand what the point is, which is bettering our country as well as others. John F. Kennedy appeals the country through antithesis in his Inaugural Address by engaging the U.S. citizens to think about branching out to help other countries as well as improving the United States. Kennedy has many valid points on branching out of the United States to help those in other countries. Although, Kennedy gets his audience, Americans, engaged through antithesis, “Support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Kennedy switched up the words in his speech to get the audience thinking positively about supporting those who want the help of the United States. Kennedy then goes to a different side of his plans; explaining that the countries that get our help will be the ones who side with the U.S. in our American ideals. Thus, supporting his purpose further by stating two opposite ideas in one antithesis statement. By Kennedy doing this, he creates a strong engagement with the U.S. citizens because his main purpose is to branch out to other countries, but at the same time he said he wouldn’t let other countries stand in the way of helping those who truly want the help. Another strong motive of Kennedy is his concern with improving America further. He expresses this motive by incorporating antithesis into his speech. Throughout his speech, he makes many statements on the different ways the country can improve, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you- ask what you can do for your country.”
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