Rhetorical Devices Used In Jfk's Inaugural Address

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Use of Rhetorical Devices John Fitzgerald Kennedy, also known as Jack Kennedy, laid his hand on the bible and pledged to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States on January 20, 1961. After being sworn into presidency, JFK gave a motivational inaugural speech that outlined the need for the country to unify after being polarized from the effects of the campaign. However, in order to achieve unification, President Kennedy understood and addressed the need for dire changes to be made for the good of the country, through the involvement of the people. Therefore, Mr. Kennedy used many rhetorical devices and strategies to convince the citizens of the United States of America to become involved in their country, and begin to take the drastic steps needed to help their country become a firm, staunch, unified nation. JFK was specifically elected because of his Catholic background. Therefore, he references God multiple times through the use of allusions. One reads as follows, “The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” This quote is alluded to in the beginning of the speech, which confirms to his audience, that he is, indeed, an iron-willed Christian man. By using an allusion, President Kennedy manifests to his audience that he is a veracious man, and by being known as an ethical and honorable man, he can easily convince the citizens of U.S. to become involved in the movement towards consensus and harmony. And again, God is adduced to further advance JFK’s Christian beliefs when he states, “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” Displayed in that quote, along with an allusion, is
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