itledAP Analytical Essay
America, just having emerged from a recession, is now facing a raise in steel prices from the nation's largest steel companies. On April 11, 1962 Kennedy addresses his opinion to Americans on the subject. In his speech he included many persuasive strategies. President Kennedy uses diction, pathos, and logos to criticize the increase in steel prices. The use of diction in Kennedy's speech is very apparent. In the first paragraph on lines 4-5 he uses the words “unjustifiable, irresponsible, and defiance.” These words express his opinion and further condemn the problem Americans are facing. The words “unjustifiable” and “irresponsible” are used to chastise the boost in steel prices and convince Americans that there is no logical or justifiable reason in doing so. Kennedy also uses the word “defiance” to cause anger by making the steel companies seem like they have no regard for authority or opposition. He also uses diction to support his belief that the heightened steel prices will cause difficulties. JFK uses the word “handicap” in lines 43 and 37. “Handicap” is used to tell Americans what it will do to them. He is saying that it will cripple them and their efforts in rebuilding America from the recession. The use of logos can also be found in the President's speech. The president uses logos to tell Americans how they will be affected. Kennedy argues that amplified steel prices “would add , Secretary McNamara informed me this morning, an estimated one billion dollars to the cost of our defenses.” He uses Secretary McNamara's statistic to inform Americans that the increase in steel prices will ultimately raise taxes in order to pay for defenses and will take away from payment towards national security and other things. Kennedy also says on lines 56-61: “Steel output per man is rising so fast that labor costs per ton of steel can actually be expected to decline in the next twelve months. And in fact, the...
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