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A Rhetorical Analysis on George W. Bush's address to Joint Session of Congress following 9/11
Transcript of A Rhetorical Analysis on George W. Bush's address to Joint Session of Congress following 9/11
Congress following the 9/11 attacks Bush's Goal The appeals: ethos, pathos, logos Rhetorical Thecniques Was it effective? Ethos: "And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of
Pathos: "We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers, working past exhaustion. We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers -- in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own."
"Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign
soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks --
but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day --
and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack."
Logos: "These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way."
-George W. Bush The War on Terror was declared
Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, signed into law Oct. 26,2001
Bush's approval rating reached 90%
Homeland Security Act of 2002
To appropriately address the attack on The United States
Provide a response and direction for the American people
Defending American freedoms
Declare 'The War on Terror'
"Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done" -George W. Bush Repetitions and keywords:'we', 'our', 'us', 'them'
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."-George Bush
Historical and religious symbols Sources http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gwbush911jointsessionspeech.htm