The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor Essay

1450 Words Dec 29th, 2015 6 Pages
On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces. The next day, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the United States Congress with his memorable speech, the Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation. The goal of his speech was to urge Congress to formally declare war on Japan and rally American people to support the war effort. The main points of his speech were that the Japanese government launched an attack against Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippine Islands, Wake Island, and Midway Island. Japan took an offensive all over the Pacific area. Also, their country was in danger too, so they should their armed forces and support to fight back. The distance of Hawaii from Japan shows that the attack was planned a long time ago, so the Japanese wanted to mislead the United States by false hope for peace between their countries. The structure of the speech helps the speaker make the argument by using logos and pathos. For example, "Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger." This is the only appeal to logic within the speech. Most of the rest of the Roosevelt’s speech is an appeal to emotion. He seems to be consciously aiming for a response from Congress and the American people, which makes the argument. The speaker tries to make the reader care by using examples of how Japan caused many attacks in the Pacific area and they should defend themselves from the inevitable. He also uses this…

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