Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

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John F. Kennedy was a very humble, God fearing man of many words. He was also the 35th president of the United States. President John F. Kennedy was the strong, reassuring leader whom the American people needed to guide them. He was a diligent worker who accomplished many great things for his country before his assassination in 1963 (The Biography). Things such as negotiate the nuclear test-ban treaty and sign it on august 5th 1963("Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.), make a technological changing speech in 1961 about the importance of putting a man on the moon (the Biography), and all together brought the nation closer together in the easy and not so easy times the country was facing. However, even before JFK did all those great things for his country he set the stage for what was to come through his historical and well delivered inaugural speech. John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech proves that he was a great speaker through his strategic use of rhetorical content including antithesis, amplification, a Rhetorical question and…show more content…
A rhetorical question is a question that is asked in order to make a point, it is asked merely for effect with no answer expected (Merriam-Webster, 2011). The Rhetorical question that JFK asks in his inaugural speech was: “Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and west, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?”(John F. Kennedy) This question basically asks the millions of Americans to join in his efforts, to get behind him and help assure the more “fruitful life. By asking this question he is calling the American people, not only to realize the hostility that had been happening between countries but also to do something and to take action. He is inspiring them to do more for their country and causing them to think what they are willing to do for their country and at what
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