Rhetorical Analysis Of George Bush 9/11 Speech

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September 11th, 2001. When Americans hear this date, they instantly know exactly what took place on that date. The date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States. The date where almost 3,000 civilians lost their lives. The date where three planes were hijacked by a group of extremists from al-Qaeda. Shortly after this horrendous attack occurred, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, delivered an address to the nation declaring that in order to overcome these gruesome tragedies, we must come together as a country. In his address, he uses metaphors, parallelism, and finally allusion to help further support his claim and his purpose of reassuring America and providing them with a sense of security by explaining the actions they will take to overcome this act of terrorism. Throughout his speech, Bush establishes a confident but calm tone to assure America, but to…show more content…
He goes on to say, “And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’” (Bush). The previously mentioned quote goes even further to create a sense of hope and serenity by using a verse from the Bible. By doing so, Bush connects with the audience on a deeper level, being the fact that the majority of America is in some way religious, thus offering a place for his audience to establish hope in. By this using this reference, he also acknowledges the common values that him and the nation share, thus promoting a sense of hope in God, and that by the grace of God, together, we will be able to conquer this act of calamity. by convincing America to put our trust in this greater being, he uses a calming tone, letting them know that there is a plan to overcome this tragedy and that he will do everything in his power to make sure that justice is rightly

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