Comparison of Speeches

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Comparison of speeches

This is a comparison of John F. Kennedy's and Martin Luther King's speeches. First I will analyze them individually, then I will compare and contrast the two different speeches.
Kennedy's inaugural speech establishes what his vision is for the world; global unity, supporting freedom, and human rights for all of humankind. He believes the world would be much stronger and could conquer any problem as a whole rather than being divided. In the beginning of Kennedy's speech he starts off with ' we' which brings forth a feeling of unity. He wants listeners to feel proud and support America and that they should protect it at any cost. The inaugural speech gave people what they wanted to hear and followed up on what Kennedy had promised in the campaign; sacrifice ("Share any burden"), service ("ask what you can do for your country"), and the goal of winning the Cold War and keeping the US number one in the world.

Kennedy's speech has a heavy concentration of figurative language. First, he uses oxymorons by saying "symbolizing an end as well as a beginning--signifying renewal as well as change". Furthermore, he uses a parable by saying "But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom, and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside." In addition, he uses anaphoras by repeating " To those " at the beginning of his paragraphs. What's more, he uses many isocolons in his speech, one example is "This much we pledge--and more" where he uses the same number of syllables in the whole sentence to create a balancing effect. An asyndeton was used when saying "...that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty". Kennedy also uses a synecdoche (using a part to represent a whole) by using America to represent the whole world. Finally, he uses an anastrophe with...
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