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JFK Inaugural Address

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Alex Pankey

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of JFK Inaugural Address

JFK's Inaugural Address
Rhetorical Appeals- Ethos
Throughout his speech JFK used his ethos to make the American people take his side. He has automatic ethos because at this point he has become president. "[T]he belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God" (Kennedy). He always talked about God which gives him ethos.

Rhetorical Appeals- Logos
"If a free society can not help the many who are poor, it can not save the few who are rich" (Kennedy). It is saying to stay free we must help everyone no matter what. "We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom"(Kennedy). This supports other view points. It refutes their argument against him.
Rhetorical Appeals-Pathos
"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans"(Kennedy). This quote makes the audience feel patriotic. "[T]empered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage... we are committed today at home and around the world"(Kennedy). Makes the audience feel confident in their president and his decisions.
- John F. Kennedy
-The Inaugural Address on Friday, January 20, 1961
-America,American's Allies, The world leaders and powers
-"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order ro assure the survival and the success of liberty"(Kennedy).
- To get people to follow Kennedy"I do not shrink from this responsibility- I will welcome it"(Kennedy).
On Friday, January 20th, 1961 JFK was giving his Inaugural Address after becoming President.

As any President would he told the public that he would change many things that are wrong with the U.S.A.
JFK Inaugural Address
Rhetorical Situation-SOAPS
Rhetorical Device- Repetition
In paragraph 15-18, Kennedy keeps repeating "let both sides"(Kennedy). He means Russia and The United States.
Rhetorical Device-Restatement
Rhetorical Device- Parallelism/Antithesis
"Whether it wishes us well or ill...the success of liberty" "To those nations who would make themselves our adversary...planned or accidental self-destruction"(Kennedy). This quote restates what he was saying earlier in the speech.
"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country...my fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man"(Kennedy).This quote shows opposition. The quote has similar structure.
Rhetorical Question
"Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more faithful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort"(Kennedy). Kennedy asks his audience question that makes them think about what he will do as president.
"To assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty"(Kennedy). Kennedy is comparing chains to poverty. Poverty is like being enslaved.
"Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah- to 'undo the heavy burdens... and let the oppressed go free'"(Kennedy). He references Isaiah 58:6 from the Bible.

"Now the trumpet summons us again"(Kennedy). It gives the trumpet human characteristics.
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