Rhetorical Analysis of President Roosevelt's Speech about Pearl Harbor

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Terror. Anger. These are two words that describe the day of December 7, 1941. This day is better known as the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. The emotions of terror and anger, along with other emotions, continued throughout the nation for many years to follow. People were very upset by the surprise attacks and were confused as to whether to go to war or not. One person who had to deal with this conflict hands on was President F.D. Roosevelt. As president at the time, he needed to talk to Congress about going to the war or not. He presented a speech on December 8, 1941 to Congress asking them to go to war. Throughout his speech, he used different tactics to help persuade the Congress to declare war on Japan. The most effective tactics …show more content…
Either way, Congress had to have known that no matter what decision they made, not everybody would be pleased with it. This put Congress into a tough position because they needed to make it where they made the majority pleased with the decision. This appealed the emotions of Congress as well, because they may have wanted to stand up for their country but knowing that the majority of the people may not have wanted to do the same would have made the decision process harder for them. The next appeal to emotion that Roosevelt presented was when he said, “the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.” By having said this, this would have made Congress believe that if they had declared war on Japan, the United States would have come out on top and have won the war. This could have caused a lot of people to get a spark of patriotism and want to go fight. Also, here by having said the words, “righteous”, “might”, “win” and “victory” he showed through the connotation of his words that he strongly believed in what he said. A final way the President Roosevelt uses emotions within his words to persuade Congress to declare war is by saying, “[…]we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.” This once again, could have caused the

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