AP Language 2
Kennedy Speech Essay
In President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address he speaks few words, but the words he says speak loudly. His words make people think about more than just what he is saying because he utilizes many rhetorical devices. Practicing the devices helps the audience paint a bigger picture in their mind about what he is going to do for us during his presidency. There are many descriptive words throughout the speech, questions for us to think about, and facts about what he plans to do in the future. This draws the audience closer and deeper into his words. My first thought when I read though the speech is that he has a good plan and he is willing to put himself on the line in order for America not only to be the America that has prospered previously, but to become stronger and closer as a whole. The speech has an antithesis to show the importance of the subject, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate." he uses this phrase to show that he wants America not only to stay strong if and when a time of fear comes and to also know that we should stay open to new ideas. In the speech it is a short paragraph and uses a mixture of complex sentences, simple sentences, and declarative sentences. Words like “freedom”, “poverty”, “devotion”, “loyalty”, and “sacrifice” set the tone for the things he likes, dislikes, and would like to improve upon. He wants to rise up against those who doubt us and prove them wrong. He also uses archaic words such as “mortal”, “whom”, and “forbears” to show how he still wants to be connected with the past presidents, but he would also like to add some of his own style. Kennedy is strong and has thought about what he wants to do and what he believes he can do and assures the audience of that. The speech fluctuates in style in sentence or paragraph length and structure so the audience knows exactly what he is trying to get across and gets a stronger...