Essay on John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

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Overflowing with vivid tropes and other satisfying discourse, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address plays to an irrefutably pleasant melody. Strong, motivational verbs are coupled with pretty and sophisticated adjectives in a manner that would make the most inane speech capable of swaying an entire population. And sway Kennedy did, for his garnering of the pulitzer prize (he is the only president to have done so) certainly had basis in a man of sound judgment that was wise beyond his years. The auditory gratification that would come with hearing Kennedy’s speech is substantiated by a true, moral message that would both excite and unite all Americans. An awe-inspiring instrument of rhetoric when used properly, anaphora is frequently and …show more content…
This serves two functions, simultaneously giving emphasis to his message and establishing credibility. If your new president dictates something repeatedly, you will believe it, and you will feel that much safer and linked with your fellow countrymen, for with shared beliefs comes unification. This effect is further augmented when figurative, image-provoking language is used, for this is language that people simply like to hear. The sentences following the anaphora include, “Let both sides...explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths...” (Par. 19). The common farmer in the crowd will undoubtedly feel energized and patriotic if he is told by his president that they will travel into space, through deserts, and down into the sea together. The parallelism here is also motivational, with four dynamic verbs that set a pleasant rhythm for the ear. Regardless of subject, what American citizen in the 1960s would not want to eradicate an evil, or conquer a land? Each and every member of the crowd would feel individually targeted and invited to go on this journey with Kennedy. One may ask oneself, “What qualities should a prime inaugural address possess?” Considering the context in which John F. Kennedy was elected, the public should have bee given hope and feelings of prospective unity. With his, or at least his speechwriter’s, adroitly incorporated vocabulary and precise arrangement of words, this dream was both

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