We Choose The Moon Speech Analysis

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On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the people at Rice University. The speech is titled “We Choose the Moon.” It all began when the cold war between the US and Soviet Union picked up. Space exploration quickly became a competition for both these nations. However, the real competition of the space race didn’t start until Russia launched Sputnik, the first satellite in orbit. The United States saw this as a threat to the expansive frontier of space. Their new goal was to get man to the moon. Once again the competition got harder. JFK’s speech was a bold and public promise used to empower people to win the race. This speech was for the people who may not be able to help with the inventing or testing, but he tells them that …show more content…
A metaphor is a type of comparison. Many occurances of this rhetorical device can be found. “The accuracy of the shot is comparable to firing a missile from Cape Canaveral and dropping it in this stadium between the yard lines” Kennedy said in relation to the Mariner spacecraft. This is a good use of metaphors because Kennedy is comparing a piece of space technology to a missile being fired. The second rhetorical device is groups of three. Groups of are effective due to the fact that they are short enough to be remember, but long enough to be effective. Majority of the list in this speech are groups of three. However, the most prominent one is, “And, therefore, as we set sail we aks God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has embarked” Kennedy reads. The list of three is found when he says, “hazardous and dangerous and greatest.” This stuck in the audiences due to being the perfect length. Not only does John F. Kennedy use rhetorical devices, but he also uses rhetorical appeals. The most common rhetorical appeal used is logos. Aristotle’s three rhetorical appeals are ethos, pathos, and logos. Logos is appeal through facts. “During the next 5 years the National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to double the number of scientists and engineers in this area, to increase its outlays for salaries and expenses to $60 million a year; to invest some $20

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