Essay President Kennedy 's The Cold War

1172 Words Nov 11th, 2016 5 Pages
On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered a powerful and moving Inaugural Address to thousands of people across the nation. The Cold War, which divided the globe, was a leading topic from the start of the 1960 election. The United States and the Soviet Union alike threatened each other with nuclear weapons as they raced for power. People all over the world feared of intentional as well as accidental mass destruction from those nuclear weapons. President Kennedy knew people were afraid of what the nuclear age would bring and that division was a global problem, so by using compelling diction as well as anaphora, he hoped to inspire the nation to bring peace and unity during the nuclear age.
President Kennedy’s compelling diction is evident throughout his speech. The most convincing language that he used to successfully deliver his message involved words associated with fear. With the dominate topic of the Cold War in everyone’s minds, it is no surprise that President Kennedy mentions rhetoric regarding this topic. When referring to America’s opponent, the Soviet Union, President Kennedy pleads that the two forces turn to the path of peace before the “dark powers of destruction…engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction” (463). The idea of humanity being wiped off the face of the earth due to nuclear weapons certainly expressed the fear the listeners of his speech felt. By highlighting their fear, the people of the United States had a greater…

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