Write A Rhetorical Analysis Of 9/11 Speech

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Much like President Bush, Prime Minister Blair explicitly and implicitly presents a front for his speech’s purpose; namely, his introduction is focused upon identifying the true nature of the tragedy of the events of September 11, 2001 as but a single moment in the continuous, ever-expanding flow of time: “In retrospect, the Millennium marked only a moment in time. It was the events of September 11 that marked a turning point in history, where we confront the dangers of the future and assess the choices facing humankind” (Blair, 2001). Consequently, it should by no means be forgotten, as such a fate would doom the entire course of history to oblivion, and would prompt an inevitable loss of everything that holds the people of society together.…show more content…
As well, Blair’s metaphor relates to the aphorism, “With great power, comes great responsibility”, as those of utter independence are easily capable of misconstruing their newfound freedom as the allowance of total tyranny and destruction, whether or not it is actually warranted. Finally, Blair personifies each group of people of the free citizens and the raging fanatics (i.e. the terrorists): “[So that] people everywhere can see the chance of a better future through the hard work and creative power of the free citizen, not the violence and savagery of the fanatic” (Blair, 2001). In doing so, he effectively strikes a very important contrast between one who is free, and one who is wholly responsible. In sum, Blair’s speech is certainly more philosophical, emotional, and perhaps deep-reaching than is Bush’s; yet, they share the utilization of numerous tonalities and rhetorical strategies. It is their execution, paired with the goals and the content of each speech which establish their

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