In the “Inaugural Address” (1961), John F. Kennedy suggests that the people of America, newly emancipated countries, and adversaries should put aside their differences, and work together for world peace. Kennedy uses tropes and schemes in order to motivate American people to do something, and other countries for world peace. Kennedy explicates his deliberation by using figurative diction, inspirational tone, and parallel syntax. Kennedy uses figurative diction to bring attention to these phrases that address his main purpose of motivation to the people, and world peace.
One part of figurative diction would be the rhetorical trope of a metaphor revealing his emotion of passion. An example of a passionate metaphor would b paragraph 25, “The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to the endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world. ” This metaphor that Kennedy gives is passionate; it is implying that if Americans put in an effort, then they will “light out country and all who serve it. This will pull at the heart strings (pathos) of Americans and will motivate them to do something; so the “glow from that fire” can change the world for the better. Another rhetorical trope is personification. One example would be paragraph 28, ” With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us fo forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing, and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own. The personification of this quote is that history is the final judge of our deeds; which addresses his purpose of motivating the Americans and citizens of the world to do work of good deeds so that “God’s work must truly be our own. ” The figurative diction used in rhetorical tropes have addressed Kennedy’s purpose of motivation to Americans and people of the world. John F. Kennedy also uses inspirational tone to connect with Americans and the citizens of the world.
He uses abstract words to convey his idea to the citizens of the world, and to connect with their emotions. One example would be in paragraph 3, “For men holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. ” Kennedy feels for words like “power” and “poverty” to be recognized because he wants what he feels should be done; to be connected in the minds of the citizens of the world . This will make people want to do something for these problems in this world.
Another example of abstract words is in paragraph 7, “We shall not always expect to find them supporting their own freedom–and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger that ended up inside. ” This quote has abstract words like “freedom” and “power” to urge people to do something or recognize these words either to solve or work for in world problems. He wants to inspire his thoughts on what is right (ethos)and what the citizens of the world should do to help.
This inspirational tone connects with Americans and the citizens of the world to motivate them for a better cause of working towards world peace. Lastly, Kennedy also uses parallel syntax to give some sort of equality among America, newly emancipated countries, and adversaries. When Kennedy uses parallelism, he wants to connect with the citizens of the world equally. One example from the 5 parallel paragraphs is paragraph 7, “To those old allies whos cultural and spiritual origins we share. He uses “To those” as a parallel structure to set equality between those old allies, new states, people in the huts and villages, siste republics, and nations. This will make all people feels some sort of importance and would be willing to help for world peace; since they are advised to and not commanded to. Another example of parallel syntax is anaphora in paragraphs 16 through 19, all beginning with, “Let both sides… ” Kennedy uses the beginning phrase of “Let both sides,” to form equality to “both sides” to work together for peace. “Let” is a suggestive verb, so people won’t feel forced to do something.
Instead the citizens of the world is willing to help for world peace. By using parallel syntax, Kennedy defines equality among America, newly emancipated countries, and adversaries. Kennedy explicates his deliberation by using figurative diction, inspirational tone, and parallel syntax. Kennedy uses tropes and schemes in order to motivate American people to do something, and other countries for world peace. In the “Inaugural Address” (1961), John F. Kennedy suggests that the people of America, newly emancipated countries, and adversaries should put aside their differences, and work together for world peace.