The 1960’s was a very important time period of history. With the fear of a nuclear war, communism and more, John F. Kennedy addresses these problems in his inaugural address. In his speech, he motivates his audience with positivity and inspiration to make positive changes to several problems. Mr.Kennedy does this through the use of logical appeals, emotional appeals, and repetition.
Mr.Kennedy approaches a logical appeal when he says “To those people in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” Mr.Kennedy says this to inform the audience that we (The U.S) are not the only ones suffering and that we have it better than most others and that it’s our responsibility to help them.
Not because we need anything from them but because it would be the right thing to do. Another example of logos that he uses is when is says “All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of the Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet.
But let us begin.” When Mr.Kennedy says this he means that even though the changes won’t happen right away, what’s important is that the changes have at least started. Mr.Kennedy also uses pathos in his address to convince to the audience that their fears of communism and war are nothing to be worried about, but it’s simply humanity that is our greatest fear. The fear of a nuclear war drove his main points as well as his first sentence in his speech. “The world is very different now.
For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.” Although he stirs the fear within his people by making this statement, he eases there worries by requesting to those nations that wish them harm, for peace.