John F. Kennedy 's Speech Essay

1251 Words Feb 29th, 2016 6 Pages
“Ich Bin Ein Berliner”, possibly John F. Kennedy’s best known words from his speech in Berlin in the summer of 1963. But his speech contained other memorable words that helped establish unity between West Germany and the United States during the Cold War. In 1961, the Berlin Wall was put up, separating West and East Berlin, Democratic and Communist Berlin, respectively. The enclosed citizens of West Berlin would no longer have access to East Germany and many lost hope of reuniting with family and friends on the other side. Then on June 26, 1963, U.S. president Kennedy gave a speech in Rudolph Wilde Platz to bring hope to the West Berliners and address communism of the East Germans. He tried to inspire Berliners to feel that the U.S. was on their side and the U.S.S.R. was not. In the speech, Kennedy uses rhetorical strategies of appeal to elitism, repetition, ethos, and pathos to create solidarity with the West Berliners, and to criticize the communist forces which put up the wall that divided their city. One of Kennedy’s purposes in the speech is to show solidarity with the people of Berlin and Germany. One way he builds this solidarity is by pointing out how exceptional his audience is, Right away, Kennedy establishes himself as an honored guest, and begins to makes his hosts, the citizens of West Berlin, feel important. He describes the mayor and chancellor as “distinguished,” and he notes how they experienced 22 months of oppression because they were fenced off from…

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