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Four Freedoms

A Speech Analysis by Jordan Tanner and Mel Young

Melissa Young

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of Four Freedoms

Four Freedoms A Speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt Context Rhetorical Devices Impact Subject Occasion Purpose Tone How he achieved this FDR - He gave the speech in Congress and it was broadcasted over the radio to the US people.
- He appeals to the freedoms American citizens have the luxury of and rightfully earned:
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Worship
- Freedom from Want
- Freedom from Fear At the beginning, Roosevelt's tone is urgent. He's calling the American people to action.
However, as we move through the rest of the speech, the tone seems more dutiful and patriotic. - FDR was re-elected for his 3rd term in 1940.
- Much of Europe was taken by Germany and Great Britain was barely holding up
- Most Americans wanted to remain isolationist and not get involved in the war
- With this speech, citizens were given a new perspective on freedom and this moved the nation dramatically closer to involvement in the war.
- Delivered the speech 11 months before the United States declared war on Japan As stated earlier, this speech was about FDR's Four Freedoms, or what he viewed as 4 freedoms that all humanity deserved.

He also talks about how we need to work with Britain to defeat the Nazi party and that we will enter the war and come out victorious. Roosevelt is really trying to pump up US Citizens and gain their support in his decision to enter this war sooner rather than later.

All in all- it's about the national security of the United States and the threat to other democracies across the world. - Inspired Norman Rockwell to create 4 Oil Paintings based on the Four Freedoms
- On August 14th, 1941, FDR and Winston Churchill created a declaration called the Atlantic Charter. It said people should be free to choose their own form of government and to live in freedom from want and fear.
- In a way, this speech reversed the common views of isolationism at the time by instilling a new view on freedom.
- It also helped in the making of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Epistrophe is used when he repeats, "everywhere in the world," to emphasize his point, that for us to really be free, we need to fight for freedom everywhere in the world, not just in our own country. With the first two freedoms:

- Freedom of speech and expression
- Freedom of religion

He really doesn't use any rhetoric, they are kind of plain and simple; to the point. But with the second two, he kind of uses personification to make the words more powerful.

- Freedom from want
- Freedom from fear

It makes it seem as though these things are living, breathing things that have tangible presence. He uses personification to kind of grab a hold of your collar and say, "look, these are growing, continuing problems." FDR alludes to religion when he says, "...under the guidance of God." This helps boost support in people who are religious and makes him seem more personable. - FDR was attempting to convince the American people to help out Great Britain and Europe by entering into World War II.
- He wanted to extend the American Ideals of freedom and liberty throughout the whole world. Audience FIN. Roosevelt is speaking to the Citizens of the US.
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