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JFK Inaugural Speech

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Garret Caudle

on 23 October 2012

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Transcript of JFK Inaugural Speech

Main Idea Words for Events Tone Attitude End Result Ethos:


Logos: JFK sought to reassure his dedication and vision for the country, inspire the American people to commit to bettering America, and to redefine the american worldwide identity. A hortatory tone, protecting ideals of America and inspiring the citizens to sacrifice for their freedom. Pride With all points considered...

Rhetorical Devices
3 Appeals
Strong Tone
Relevant topics
Word Choice
Organization JFK Inaugural Address Using examples of the country's past, he demonstrates the role of the new generation in the rich history of America “We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”. Support The Main Idea Support The Main Idea He also in a way gives an outline to his foreign policy plans, reassuring his leadership skills to the public and emphasizing the "Great American Image" to other countries "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 the success of liberty". Being only 43 when he was elected, Kennedy knew that too much logic was useless, as he was not necessarily considered "wise" or "extremely experienced". 3 Appeals of Persuasive Writing PATHOS LOGOS ETHOS JFK had narrowly won the election, so including many reasons to reassure his credibility was necessary. Example: "We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom -- symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning -- signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed..." "Now the trumpet summons us again -- not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need -- not as a call to battle, though embattled we are -- but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation,"² a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." Support The Main Idea In the midst of The Vietnam War and The Cold War, America has sacrificed. JFK knows this and appeals to the emotion involved around veteran's and their families. Example: "born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."
Mid Vietnam & Mid Cold War January 20, 1961 Garret Caudle
October 23, 2012 THANKS! Effects? Passion Glory Sternness Optimism "...ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" Word Usage Parallelism “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe” Sentence Structure Allusions Alluded to the war Alluded to the Revolutionary War ...ASUNDER... Archaeic
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