Essay about Rhetorical Analysis Of Bush 's Speech On American Citizens

1659 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
In 2001, the United States of America witnessed its largest tragedy to date. America had been sucker-punched in the back of the head that fateful September 11th morning by an Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda. The attacks involved nineteen men who highjacked a series of commercial airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, and a field in Pennsylvania. New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania became the final resting place of thousands of people as a result. This amount of devastation scared and shook the American public to their core. The future of this once great nation was now unclear. In order to combat the fear amongst the American population, President George W. Bush spoke to the nation on live television the same night of the attacks. To get a better understanding of the impact this speech had on American citizens, this essay will examine Bush’s use of rhetoric in that speech. Adopting an analytical and systematic approach, this essay will detail the persuasive communication tactics such as metaphors, ethos, and pathos, that Bush employed in this speech in order to: erase the fear of losing freedom among the nation, create reassurance among those who questioned their safety; and build a sense of community, stressing the importance of America’s greater good.
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