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JFK Moon Speech Analysis

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Transcript of JFK Moon Speech Analysis

John F. Kennedy
Moon Speech Analysis

"The federal government did indeed make Apollo a national priority, pouring an estimated $25 billion -- well over $100 billion in today's money "-Mike Wall
"We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a State noted for strength, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance."
"I appreciate your president having made me an honorary visiting professor"
"despite the fact that this Nation's own scientific manpower is doubling every 12 years in a rate of growth more than three times that of our population as a whole"-J.F.K.
"Within these last 19 months at least 45 satellites have circled the earth. Some 40 of them were "made in the United States of America" and they were far more sophisticated and supplied far more knowledge to the people of the world than those of the Soviet Union."-J.F.K.
"We, we're"
"we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war"
"we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding."
Speech Conclusion
Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, "Because it is there."
Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.
Thank you.

Personal Engagement
"But this city of Houston, this State of Texas"
"why does rice play Texas?"
I'm the one who is doing all the work, so we just want you to stay cool for a minute. [laughter]
, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun--almost as hot as it is here today
"Keep in mind the target audience is pivotal in persuasive writing because it ensures that you as writer or speaker use the appropriate style, tone and diction to appeal to your audience.
Kennedy employs very little technical terminology in his speech precisely because he is addressing the masses."-Timothy Loh
Rhetorical Devices
Rhetorical question
"change and challenge"
"hazards are hostile"
"cigarettes and cigars"
"The greater our knowledge increases the greater our ignorance unfolds"
"we set sail on this new sea"
"only five years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels"
"as wide as a city block"
"as long as two lengths of this field"
"as tall as 48 story structure"
Rhetorical question
"why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?"
"college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a State noted for strength"
"new ignorance, new problems, new dangers"
"the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power"
United states
Soviet Union
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Ruth, D. R. (2012, August 30). sept. 12 is 50th anniversary of jfk’s iconic speech, ‘we choose to go to the moon,’ at rice university. Rice News. Retrieved fromhttp://news.rice.edu/2012/08/30/sept-12-is-50th-anniversary-of-jfks-iconic-speech-we-choose-to-go-to-the-moon-at-rice-university/
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