Rhetorical Strategies of John F. Kennedy

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Thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address, expresses the need to unite in order to gain world peace. Because Kennedy gave this speech during his inauguration, he inspires an entire audience around the world, instead of just in America. Kennedy’s purpose is to begin making a better America, to in turn make a better World. He adopts an inspirational tone in order to recruit the citizens of the world to help him. Kennedy begins his speech by stating that we, as the United States are willing to help any friend or indifferent group in the pursuit of liberty. Using anaphora, he says that we must help our old allies, the new states, people in huts and villages, our sister republics South of the border, and the nations that would make themselves our adversary. He uses anaphora in order to emphasize the inclusion of any party that wants the support of America. He uses inversion in the sentence, “United, there is little we cannot do […] Divided, there is little we can do”, to support his plea for unity. Also, by stating the asyndeton, “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty,” he all but defines Americas wish for liberty. By stating these words, he inspires his listeners to join in America’s determination in helping humankind achieve unity and liberty. Kennedy then shifts to insisting that powerful nations should join forces for the bettering of the world. He supports this by using parallelism in the words, “Let both sides explore what problems unite us…”, “Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms…”, “Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors.”, “Let both sides join in a new endeavor – not a new balance of power, but
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