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Speech Analysis: Teddy Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

AP Language & Composition
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Michael Esker

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Speech Analysis: Teddy Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

First Inaugural Address
Teddy Roosevelt
March 4, 1905 Historical Context Inversion Anaphora Hortative Sentence year after World's Fair
Russo-Japanese War
Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine Juxtaposition Message Purpose Michael Esker and Alvi Wadud
AP Lang & Comp
1st Block Works Cited "We..." connect to the American people

take responsibility

call to action

ethos appeal: what Americans must do to help their nation

parallel structure to show equal importance of ideas and progression of thoughts "To us as a people..."
"the very existence..."
Never before..."
"Upon the success..." forces audience to think over what they heard
hone in on the subject of the sentence, in these cases the people and success "We must... their rights"
"To do so... Lincoln." "others... ourselves"
"large and small"
"our words... our deeds"
"a nation... an individual"
"the weak... the strong"
"wrongdoing others... wronged ourselves"
"no weak nation... no strong power" As America grows in power and spreads in influence, it must act as a policing force to ensure peace and prosperity in the world To attempt to ensure the populace that the government's actions are for the good of the each individual, each nation and the entire world witness to the technological advancements of the day
Roosevelt mediated the peace treaty for the war, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906
tried to keep European influence out of Latin and South America Pierce, Herbert H. "Acceptance Speech."
10 Dec. 1906. Web. 19 Nov. 2012.

"Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine,
1904." Office of the Historian. N.p., n. d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. call the people of nation to work together towards justice, peace and the good of the nation
give Americans the responsibility of the actions of the nation instead of just Teddy compares seemingly different things to show just how alike they are or can be; makes them equal in importance
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