Rhetorical Analysis Of John F. Kennedy 's Inaugural Speech Essay

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Rhetorical Analysis of John F. Kennedy 's Inaugural Speech
The inaugural address of John F. Kennedy was designed to inspire an attitude of peace and unity in a distressed world, filled with religious, racial, socioeconomic, and geopolitical tension. It was aimed at not only the people of America, but the people of the world at large; it was, after all, delivered at the height of the Cold War. With the threat of total nuclear annihilation at the hands of the USSR a constant weight on the minds of average Americans, Kennedy’s job in giving this speech was many-fold: to affirm a belief in a unified American people (especially among the youth of America), to affirm an overarching American goal of world peace even in the face of such dramatically destructive weapons of war as the “deadly atom”, and to affirm an attitude of equality in a world corroded by inequality. Kennedy employs strategies and rhetorical tactics, whether intentional or unintentional, to achieve this inspiration in a variety of ways.
Kennedy’s credibility was of utmost importance in the efficacy of this speech, and he displayed this in a variety of ways. In the middle of a harsh North American winter, Kennedy chose to take off his heavy overcoat and give his speech in a regular suit; this was a gesture that showed Kennedy’s youth, vigor, and determination in a political situation that demanded a youthful, vigorous, and determined leader to properly address the problems of the day. Kennedy’s will to negotiate…

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