Rhetorical Analysis Of George Bush 9/11 Speech

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On September 11, 2001, the U.S. was impacted by a series of deadly terrorist attacks. That night, George W. Bush, the current president, addressed the people of America with a powerful speech, both unifying and empowering Americans, and warning terrorists. While he wasn’t a particularly popular politician prior to delivering his 9/11 speech, Bush gained a monumental number of followers afterword. This speech, and the events leading up to it, was the perfect moment for Bush to step in and be there for Americans, comforting them and reassuring them of the country’s strength. By employing the use of repetition and syntactic devices, abstract language, and inclusive language, Bush not only strengthens and unites Americans, but also warns terrorists that all of America stands against them. By using a collection of repetition devices, Bush adds intensity to his speech, giving it a more powerful meaning. “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Bush uses epanalepsis to bring to light the fact that, while terrorists can damage our…show more content…
“These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.”, “None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.” In both of these quotes, and throughout the entire speech, Bush repeatedly refers to America as “our country”, “our nation”, “our world”. The use of these words contributes greatly to Bush’s main purpose for writing the speech in that the use of inclusive language helps unite Americans, and make them feel

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