A Rhetorical Analysis Of Jfk Speech

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On January 20, 1960, President John F. Kennedy was sworn into office and delivered one of the most famous inaugural speeches within our nations’ history. His audience was clearly not only the citizens of the United States, but citizens of the world which were interested in peace. The era of Soviet Union with nuclear weapons was a huge fear for the Americans and surrounding nations. It was the intent of John F. Kennedy to calm fears and to bring world nations together, with the end goal of world peace. As I analyze the President’s speech, it is of my opinion that J.F.K. did a phenomenal job in meeting his goal of delivering his topic in a well thought out and interesting manner. J.F.K’s Introduction I appreciate the simplicity of John F. Kennedy’s introduction as he starts with uniting the people within the…show more content…
If I were the enemy, I think I might be considering accepting the solution presented by J.F.K. Nuclear war results in demolition of mankind would be food for thought for me to wake up and recognize that it is a no-win situation. I appreciate how it lacks in arrogance as he compels to the enemy that destruction is not the answer. His language is at an appropriate grade-level in order that the laymen to the sophisticated learner can understand his message. I appreciate the pride he represents for his country and people. I also appreciate how he truly reflects the feelings of democracy as he shares that it is the people who ensure success of the Country. His famous quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for our country” reflects his devotion to his country and the democracy that it promotes. Overall, I feel the speech was exquisite in use of verbiage, and was thought provoking for all who listened. His rhetoric was sensitive to all classes of society, and Nations whether “friend or foe” (Kennedy,

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