Rhetorical Analysis Of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Address To The Nation

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The speech Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to the Nation after the events of Pearl Harbor is powerful and moving. It is a well written piece that is persuasive making the argument that the United States of America should declare war against the Japanese Empire. The outcome of the vote was almost entirely in his favor. With only one vote in the House of Representatives against declaring war. It was spoken the day after Pearl Harbor December 8th, 1941 presented to the Senate and broadcasted to through the United States for the American public. It begins with an address to all the members of Congress and the Vice President and continues with stating what happened on the day December 7th, 1941. He says a quote that is very well known throughout the US. “a date which will live in infamy”. He received excellent education making him a great writer and speaker, he has many quotes that are well known. When he gave the speech the day after the events occurred gave it great power because beyond a doubt it was what everyone in the US was thinking about. That being said it worked only for his time and it doesn’t have power today,…show more content…
Although it is hard to argue against the claim considering the recent events. The speech is very short relative to others and this may be drawing emphasis to the urgency of this vote as he doesn’t waste much time before continuing the process. It is obvious that he is insisting on its urgency based on the contents painting a clear picture of what should happen. It is hard to say whether or not his speech was effective, simply because there weren’t many if any that needed convincing. He even states that he believes this to be the will of the people and Congress of the US. That in no means makes it unnecessary as it would have been very questionable and even border line insulting had he not given a speech on the subject no matter what his opinion

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