Rhetorical Analysis Of Roosevelt's Speech

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One day preceding the events of December 7, 1941, an austere Franklin Delano Roosevelt gives a speech about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that had not been prognosticated by anyone. FDR spoke about the ordeal to congress hoping to sway the decision of what steps to take, towards waging war against Japan and their allies in the Axis powers.
After introducing his topic, FDR announced that the Japanese Empire had been planning a long time prior to their assault on Pearl Harbor. FDR mentions this because he wants to point the fact that all of the recent good relations with Japan had all been false, and they were being deceived the whole time. It was stated that "the United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of
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The reason FDR focuses much of his speech on pathos is because of the tragic event that had just occurred. With that in mind, much of America was feeling animosity towards Japan, and the congress was no exception. People were mad, and by using pathos to sway their sympathetic and emotional state of mind. FDR's words made the Japan look like an evil that the United States must stop, Not only does he pump the audience with feelings of sadness and anger, he also encourages the United States of what they can do and what they are capable of. He believed as long as they were "with confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph" and this was his way to really stir up the American spirit in congress to make them feel as though they can all pull through what had just happened and go to war as the great nation of the US.
With words fueled with passion, anger, and the American spirit, FDR was able to push the already apparent decision into fruition. Even to conclude, he ends with saying that ever since Japan had attacked, the US had already been at war with Japan. He did so to make the decision obvious and to solidify his purpose speaking congress that

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