Analysis of Fdr’s Declaration of War Speech

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On December 7th, 1941 Japan directly attacked US soil. Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the shocked nation the very next day on December 8th, 1941 with a speech that captures the the heart of any patriotic American. President Roosevelt went before congress and the people of the United States in the turmoil of one of the most emotional times in our history, also one of the very few times when we have been attacked directly on our own soil. The speech itself overviews how the attack on Pearl Harbor was a complete surprise attack and that the Japanese have launched an attack on all of the Pacific.
President Roosevelt begins this speech quickly and effectively, getting straight to the point and directly addressing his audience, the American people. In this introduction President Roosevelt appeals to the American people with effective use of pathos found in phrases such as “live in infamy” and “suddenly and deliberately”(Paragraph 2). These phrases elegantly reinforce a message of both remaining calm and in control while the connotation implies a sense of assertiveness and leadership. These characteristics displayed here are exactly what the American people needed to hear during this chaotic and fearful time.
Through out the speech President Roosevelt has established his ethos by the tone of voice and commanding position as President of the United States. This established ethos means that citing his information and giving sources is not fully necessary because of the assumption that the President tells the truth. FDR uses a chronological order in the body of his speech while describing the events that occurred. This combined with well used repetition that added emphasis in the body, “Last night, Japanese...”. The use of repetition here lets the listener know that what he is saying is extra important. He supports his point of Japan attacking us by surprise with logical…...

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