A Rhetorical Analysis Of Pearl Harbor Speech

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“December 7th 1941, a date that will live in infamy.” Said by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt two days after the Pearl Harbor attack. One of the largest attacks in American history and the main reason the United States entered battle in World War II. After the attack, the American people looked to the leader, who was enter his fourth term as president, for advice and what was going to happen to their country. Roosevelt gave many speeches before, that were broadcasted on the radio. He gave these fireside chats in times of need to help the people, this was the first time a President was broadcasted national for everyone to hear at the same time. His first on the banking crisis, which established a bank holiday, forcing people to keep …show more content…
The country was still in shock after the bombing, but when the President came on the radio, like he had done many times before, his tone was calm and relatable to the people. He talked to the people on a personal level, and used arguments and urged the people to take up the fight, this tone and speech proved to be very effective in spurring the American people into action. They believed what he said and were eager to aid. His Pearl Harbor speech was filled with emotion rather than fact. He shared details about the events that took place in his national broadcast. He added other attacks by the Japanese and other members of the Axis powers. FDR gave the people a reason to be angry at the Japanese saying, “the unprovoked and dastardly attack” also saying “we won’t stand to be attacked like this” which painted the Japanese as evil. This kind of language gave the Americans passionate to fight. He told the people it was “righteous might” justifying the war, claiming the United States as god sent …show more content…
The American people are struggling at home. They look for updates on what is happening on the war front, and then a familiar voice gets broadcasted on the radio once again. On February 23rd, 1942, Roosevelt went on the air again to help the people understand what was going on, and how the soldiers overseas needed their help. He talks about General Washington, how he fought for eight years, talked about his struggle, but then talked about the struggle now and how “this war is a new kind of war. It is different from all other wars in the past” The country needed its people’s help. Again, his tone was the same like in the past. He related to the people, comforted them, assured that progress was being made, but their help was still needed. Once again, he used repetition to get his point across, mentioning the numbers loosed by other Allied members by the hand of the Japanese. Then, he ended the speech with words that George Washington wanted to the first American armed forces(footnote):
"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the sacrifice, the more glorious the

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