Fdr's Moral Rhetorical Analysis Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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In March of 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address to a nation that was in the midst of the Great Depression and declared a war on poverty. He specifically greets former President Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes, yet he is mainly addresses the general public with a determination to overcome the economic issues that the Great Depression brought to the people. Although, he mentions the state of the economy throughout his address, FDR hopes to revive “the American spirit” sought by his predecessors so that every American citizen would be able to have a brighter future. He reinforces the importance of “the American spirit” through various rhetorical devices.
Throughout his whole speech, Roosevelt aims to unify
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He uses “this nation” as a general term for the public. FDR also used it to appeal to pathos by convincing his audience that he is aware of the problems of that were caused by the Great Depression and, therefore, will be able to empathize and create solutions in order to create a stronger America. During this period in history, the American public was broken in spirit, but through FDR’s inaugural address, the people found a voice that brought hope to their broken nation. Another way in which Roosevelt unifies the American public is through allusions. In the beginning of the speech, he reminds the public that lack of food is not the reason for Great Depression. FDR chooses to say that the nation is “stricken by not plague of locusts” but instead it is a lack of economic support that is the main problem. The reference to the plagues of Egypt, found in the Book of Exodus, creates common ground between Roosevelt and his audience by acknowledging their similar religious backgrounds. The allusion is used by FDR to …show more content…
At the end of his address, FDR acknowledges that there are “arduous days” ahead, yet holds strong to his belief that the revival of “the American spirit” will help the country prevail. He states that the nation needs to hold strong to its “old precious moral values” that have “warm courage” and “clean satisfaction” for success. In remembering the previous generations and the courage and faith that was displayed, FDR hopes to motivate the current generation to have the same courage and faith in the next few years. His use of sentimental words such as “precious” and “warm” and “satisfaction” evoke the motivation needed to fulfill FDR’s plan. Later in his speech, FDR also uses collective pronouns to establish a deeper connection with the past generations of Americans. Specifically, when Roosevelt addresses the “common problems” and how the actions he is proposing are supported by the government’s original formation. FDR mentioned that this government, in which such actions are allowed, was “inherited from our ancestors.” The use of collective pronouns is commonly used in speeches to unify the audience and the speaker on common grounds. FDR used them in a similar manner by referring to the Founding Fathers as “our ancestors,” giving the listeners a sense of pride to be included in creating,

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