Kennedy Inaugural Speech Analysis

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“Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” This popular phrase, spoken by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on January 20, 1961, was a component of Inaugural Address. Kennedy’s address impacted many lives, which led to Eleanor Clift publishing Inside Kennedy’s Inauguration 50 Years On. As Kennedy’s address is an inspirational call to action, Clift’s writing presents multiple examples of how people felt from his words. Finally, both the address and Clift’s essay compared to the United States Army Signal Corps photo further describes the excitement and gratefulness felt by members of Kennedy’s audience during his inauguration. Although vastly different by means of content, all three documents convey the legacy of John …show more content…
Ethos, the appeal to character and background, was very prominent within the three selections and is used to represent that Kennedy was a professional and credible man. “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own,” recites Kennedy. Being the first Roman Catholic President, Kennedy’s devotion to his religion, seen throughout his address, leads his audience to believing that he is worthy of presidential office. Logical appeals found in Inaugural Address and Inside Kennedy’s Inauguration 50 Years On aid the authors in taking a logical, fact-based approach to their various points. For example, Clift’s essay explains two men describing their thoughts about Kennedy’s address prior to the inauguration. The men converse, leading to discussing Catholics, the New Frontier, the anti-Catholic effort, and political sloganeering. These references allow the readers to connect with the text and serve as evidence to the orator’s statements. Likewise, pathos can be observed in from the smiling faces accompany the photo, seeming welcoming to the new president, despite the weather conditions that day, creating an emotional mood for people to remember for years to

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