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A Rhetorical Analysis on George W. Bush's address to Joint Session of Congress following 9/11

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Elizabeth Lewan

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of A Rhetorical Analysis on George W. Bush's address to Joint Session of Congress following 9/11

Rhetorical Analysis of George W. Bush's address to Joint Session of
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



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