Essay about Rhetorical Analysis of Fdr's First Fireside Chat

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A Rhetorical Analysis of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Fireside Chat President Franklin Roosevelt’s “First Fireside Chat” is a reassuring piece that inspired the nation in a time of need using his voice that projected his personal warmth and charm into the nation’s living rooms to explain the banking crisis. He slowly and comprehensibly informed the American people on what has been done and to explain the complex banking system while using rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos to effectively restore American faith in the United States government and banking system. Roosevelt won the 1932 election after a landslide victory over his predecessor Herbert Hoover. At this time, America was going through one of the toughest times …show more content…
Also in the beginning of his speech he says “First of all let me state the simple fact that when you deposit money into a bank, the bank does not put the money in a safe deposit vault.” Following this quote he states exactly what is done with your money and why. Roosevelt used logic to make a statement that everyone can agree with and relate to provide a sense of unity. Roosevelt used logos throughout his speech to show Americans that he is both logical and reasonable.
On top of logos, Roosevelt’s most effective rhetorical appeal in his first fireside chat is pathos. He appeals to pathos the most throughout the speech because he wants the concerned citizens to feel comforted. He explains towards the end, “After all, there is an element in the readjustment of our financial system… and that is the confidence of the people themselves… it is up to you to support and make it work.” This is where he makes the people feel important that draws attention to the audience’s desires to make it out of the banking crisis. Immediately after he inspires in unity as he concludes “It is your problem, my friends, your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.” Roosevelt used inclusive and emotional language such as “my friends”, “we”, and “together” while referencing to what Americans desire in their future, which made people want to act. Roosevelt used pathos effectively throughout his speech to draw attention to the desires, emotions, and beliefs of the

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