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JFK Inaugural Speech

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Kate Moorehead

on 27 November 2012

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http://goo.gl/Yo2hl John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy used rhetorical devices in his inaugural address to show America that he was best for the job. The rhetorical devices in the speech include: Anaphora Ethos Pathos Logos Comparison Antithesis Metaphors "To those..." Kennedy uses anaphora to show that he wants what is best for everyone in the country, not just a select group. "Let both sides..." And... to show Americans... his desire... for peace and unity throughout the world. Using the rhetorical device of logos, Kennedy tries to convince the citizens of the United States that we want to help ourselves and other people around the world. "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, to assure the survival and success of liberty." And Hyperboles Kennedy uses ethos to establish a common ground between him and the citizens of the United States. "...the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." Kennedy connects to the country by using emotionally charged words utilizing the rhetorical device of pathos. Examples of these words are: WE OUR PROUD DISCIPLINED JFK gave citizens a sense of American pride by using hyperboles. "... Pay the price..." "...Bear the burden..." By using antithesis, Kennedy created clever comments that would stick in the listeners head and make them think. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." "Never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate." John F. Kennedy compares the United States... to poorer countries... to show what we have and what we are going to do in the future. "...half the globe struggling..." "...to convert our good words into good deeds..." JFK uses metaphors to signify the future. This shows Americans that if they give him a chance, good things can happen. "The energy, the faith, the devotion, which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world. Good use of rhetoric made JFK sound confident and trustworthy. If he believed what he was saying, so would everyone else. John F. Kennedy, the thirty- fifth president of the United States, was inaugurated on January 20, 1961. His vice president was Lyndon B. Johnson. Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_John_F._Kennedy
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html
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