John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech
The 20th of January 1961, John F. Kennedy gives his inaugural speech to the people of the United States, but the speech is not only intended for them but also for the rest of the world. He gives his speech in a time were the world is troubled by the cold war - the USSR exploding some very large bombs during testing and then masterminding the building of the Berlin Wall separating East from West Berlin, but it is not only Berlin that is divided, the world is divided as well. Kennedy seeks peace and freedom, which is the intension of the speech. The Topic of the speech is freedom and the possibility to achieve freedom through peace. Most of the speech is a pledge to “assure the survival and the success of liberty” page 18 line 17. To assure the survival and success of liberty all nations have to work together, and both sides have to work together. Which John F. Kennedy reinforces in his choice of language. The language in the speech reinforces John F. Kennedy’s topic. He wishes to unite both sides (the Soviet Union and the Western part of the world. To reinforce this he uses the agent repetition: He mentions the word ‘both’ 10 times and ‘sides’ eight times. By talking about uniting both sides he applies his speech, not only to the citizens of the United States but also to the citizens of the entire world and reinforces that by saying ‘world’ eight times in his speech. He also uses anaphora to emphasize that he is not only talking to the U.S but all over the world for an example: In 6 paragraphs he starts by saying to… and then talks to a certain community like states, Mexico, sovereign states and so on. He also uses the anaphora “let both sides” which he uses to introduce four paragraphs. To stress his topic John F. Kennedy also uses the three forms of appeal in his speech. He uses pathos on page 20 paragraph 2 and 3, were he speaks about soldiers in the United States. He uses logos on page 19 “For only when our arms are...
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