Rhetorical Analysis Of George W. Bush's 9/11 Speech

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The date of September 11th, 2001 will without doubt forever be remembered as one of the most tragic days in American history. That day, two passenger airplanes were hijacked by terrorists and were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City. The impact of these airplanes caused the buildings to collapse and in result tragically claimed thousands of lives. Nearing the end of such a catastrophic day, President George W. Bush addressed the nation and delivered a powerful speech. Although his audience were not only the American citizens but also other worldwide leaders and citizens, he was mainly addressing the citizens of America as they were the ones who were mostly affected. Despite the speech being relatively short and simple, he was able to use tones that possessed feelings of sympathy, wrath and fearfulness which helped him convey his message more effectively. Throughout his speech, President Bush effectively used the appeal to pathos to reach out to the…show more content…
Bush’s speech heavily contributed to the use of his tones. Throughout the speech he uses relatively simple language; This was done so that he could unite the citizens of America and give them a sense of fearfulness. He did this by using Anaphora and constantly using words such as “our”, “us” and “we”. The use of these words made people realize that America is in this together as a nation, and in this case no one is an outsider or minority as they are all fighting against one common threat. Those words that were used by Bush are also essential because they represent solidarity. During this period American’s want to feel like they are living in a safe country and Bush reassures them that this is true by stating: “Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared.” By saying this he lets American citizens know that their military is powerful and will protect them, thus reassuring them that if anyone tries to attack them again, the military will be prepared to

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