John F. Kennedy is one of the nation’s most popular and recognizable presidents of the 20th century. Kennedy is most famous in his presidency for his powerful and inspiring speeches. His positive energy and young yet wise personality made him easy to listen to for all audiences. In fact, on January 20th, 1961 John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most remembered speeches of all time; his inaugural address. At a time of racial tensions, economic hardships, and lingering fears of war, he strived to bring comfort and confidence to the American people. In order to achieve this, Kennedy understood and addressed the need for dire changes to be made for the good of the country, through the involvement of the people. Therefore, Kennedy used many rhetorical devices and strategies to convince the citizens of the United States of America to become involved with their country, and begin to take the drastic steps needed to help their country become a firm, confident, and unified nation. With the power of effective speech and well used rhetoric devises, he accomplished this goal and brought hope and faith to a panicked America. He used many different rhetoric devises such as appeal to pathos, parallelism, anaphora, and rhetoric questions that made his speech one of the most inspiring speeches of all time. Since it was a very emotional time for the American people, President Kennedy appealed to these emotions with the strong use of pathos in his speech. He did this in one way by showing religious faith and references to God, “And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”(Kennedy). He says this to get the attention of his audience away from political matters and to more positive matters of hope and faith. Kennedy also appealed to the people’s emotions saying in the beginning of his speech: “We...
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