John F. Kennedys Inaugural Address

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Damola Badewa
John F. Kennedys Inaugural Address

On a cold January afternoon in 1961, President John F. Kennedy recites an artful speech that motivates the world. While the speech’s respectful eloquence is appropriate for the occasion of an inauguration, its youthful energy and archaic words and phrases make it distinctly John F. Kennedy’s piece. President Kennedy, the youngest president, uses several word choices that make the speech effective, by appealing mainly to pathos and ethos, rather than logos. Therefore, the purpose of this speech was to try and unite the people to become stronger by improving their nation and to bring freedom to all individuals.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” (26), incites Kennedy. John F. Kennedy reaches out to his audience psychologically. In this quote he states that instead of people wanting the country to do everything for them, the people should start doing things for the country. This quote gives the people motivation to want and try to improve the country. Words like freedom, poverty, devotion, loyalty and sacrifice gives the speech a sense of patriotism. President Kennedy expresses patriotism by saying, “Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need – not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself” (23). Though Kennedy is a young president he uses a variety of archaic phrases that makes him seem more mature for his age. The wide usage of archaic phrases including, “trumpet summons”, “bear arms”, and “long twilight struggle” connects to Americans and even history itself. This quote explains to Americans that they should work together to fight against tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself....
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