John F. Kennedy 's Speech On The Freedom Of Man Essay

1406 Words Sep 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Peter Han
English 015 Section 072
Jessi Harris
September 19, 2015

For the Freedom of Man

Ever since George Washington, presidents have given inaugural speeches in order present their goals and expectations as president to the American people. Though the words of some have been forgotten, others are still memorable today. The memorable addresses have impacted America, not only in the time it was given but also today, where the words spoken by presidents are reflected in the nation the United States has become. When John F. Kennedy was elected president, the Cold War was at its peak. The American people needed a strong and reliable leader to bring back morale and renew faith in their country. In the midst of crisis, Kennedy would deliver one of the most quotable inaugural addresses. In his first inaugural address, John F. Kennedy influenced his audience emotionally to serve not only as Americans, but also as citizens of the world through the use of pathos, ethos, anaphora, and antithesis. In order to establish credibility, Kennedy appeals to the American people’s pride and patriotism, a crucial element in triumphing in the Cold War, through the use of ethos and pathos. Kennedy states that, “in the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.” He says this so the audience gets a sense that they are the generation that must defend freedom in this hour of “maximum danger,” referring to the…

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