Analysis Of Peter Singer's First Inaugural Speech

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Peter Singer, a renowned Australian philosopher, once said, “That is a central part of philosophy, of ethics. What do I owe to strangers? What do I owe to my family? What is it to live a good life? Those are questions which we face as individuals I’m not just saying the government ought to do this or the collective is responsible for that. I’m really posing questions about what should I do in my life. How should I live?” (Singer). Peter Singer understands the ethical dilemma that we all face on an individual level over what is owed to people, and decades prior President John Fitzgerald Kennedy sent out a call to action with his “First Inaugural Address”, that is heralded as one of, if not, the greatest American speech of all time. On January 20, 1961, President Kennedy took office, but before he is able to take office he must be sworn in as President deliver a speech, before thousands in front of the capitol building and millions listening across the United States, that will state his intentions and goals during his presidency. …show more content…
Such as with most great things, President Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” was not only appealing to the ears, but it was also a literary gem, of the dozens of rhetorical device these four stood out: use of anaphora, parallelism, pathos, and antithesis. President Kennedy’s use of anaphora plays an important role in how he communicates his message to the audience throughout the entire speech, but in particular, when he clarifies the reason for his

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