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FDR Rhetorical Analysis Speech
Transcript of FDR Rhetorical Analysis Speech
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address Franklin D. Roosevelt Herbert Hoover "Small wonder that confidence languishes for it thrives on honesty on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live." Quote Breakdown: Roosevelt claims that you cannot be confident unless you are honest and committed to the cause that you are dedicating yourself to. By saying this, he is inferring that he himself has all the qualities that authorize his confidence. Thesis: Roosevelt acknowledges the faults that the government is accountable for, and illuminates the confidence he has in himself to get the economy back on track. Language Cues! 1 Roosevelt uses the word "consecration". Describe the connotations in using such a word on inauguration day, then explain how the word choice affects his audience. Roosevelt compares his presidency with a "dedication or devotion to some pursuit". He planned to pick up the nation and put it back on its feet during his presidency. He does this to inspire the citizens with his confidence and courage, and they were motivated to work along side him. The purpose of Using this word in his speech is to create a foundation of trust that America will lean on. 5 6 7 9 11 13 ETHOS: PATHOS: LOGOS: Identify the allusion Roosevelt employs and explain how it affects the audience. Explain how it may help Roosevelt establish his ethos. Roosevelt references the "money changers" which is a biblical reference. He says that "The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore the temple to the ancient truths." This causes the audience to see his motivation, and good intention which boost his credibility greatly. Carefully examine the parallelism of the sentence structures and the connotative loaded diction. Explain how this encourages the audience to work at putting the nation back on track. He keeps the sentences parallel saying "in the" and he explains that "Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in he thrill of creative effort " which brings the audience to see that they may need to re-think their priorities. He also uses the words: evanescent and ministered unto; these words are high diction which causes him so come across as more educated and therefore more credible. By doing this it makes the audience want to believe in him better understand how he feels, also it will cause them to want to help accomplish getting the nation back on track. Paraphrase what Roosevelt says and explain how he works to develop ethos in this sentence and the rest of the paragraph. Roosevelt compares the false thought of success being a measurement of money, and high political position being sought after for wealth and power. Ethos:
~He is not there for the money and power
~He is going to make a change in the world
~People put there trust in him because he is a good leader who is leading because he wants to help them
~He is not taking advantage of them Kathryn Woodward
Holly Bly Purpose: To give Americans courage to work at putting the nation back on track and to inspire them to have confidence in him, their newly elected leader.. The last 6 sentences in 9 create a periodic effect. How does this affect the audience? Roosevelt says "under my constitutional duty" and "within my constitutional authority"
How does this bolster his ethos? Explain the connotative significance of Roosevelt asserting that he is the "present instrument" of the people's wishes and how this language affects his audience. Background Information ~Great Depression
~FDR- New Deal
~Inspiration When Roosevelt says "under my constitutional duty" and "within my constitutional authority" within the first two sentences he bolsters his ethos because he is displaying that he has a lot of responsibility. It is his task, and he has the power and resources required to accomplish the task of getting the nation back on track. When Roosevelt refers to himself as the "present instrument of their wishes" he implies that he in himself has the ability to take "vigorous action" and restore the nation to its former glory and more. When Roosevelt says this it causes the audience to feel reassured and diffuses any possible tension or nervousness they may be feeling about the current economical state of the country. There is a periodic effect when the sentences are started with "It can be helped..." and this causes the audience to see the reason behind Roosevelt's plan. It causes them not only to feel reassured, but confident in their new leader as well. - Reassuring Tone
-Logic -He has a plan
-If we all work together we can succeed -"This great nation will revive"
-"We face arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of the national unity..."
-"The people of the US have not failed" "Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit."