A Speech That Will Live In History

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Spring 4-14-2021


My rhetorical appeals analysis essay delves into the "Infamy Speech" which was given by former President Roosevelt on the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The main purpose of the speech was to encourage Americans to never forget this day. He also directed his speech towards the U.S. Congress to ask for permission to go to war with the empire of Japan. In this essay, I analyze the use of three classic persuasive appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos) within Roosevelt's speech to determine how he used these appeals to persuade his audience. Roosevelt's convincing speech led them to declare war, as well as earn support from the Americans who were disappointed and heartbroken by the events of the time.


ENGL 165

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