During Kennedy’s service in our country as the 35th president, he came very interested with the evolution of technology and affiliated that with the idea that it is possible to send a man to the moon within the decade. He implemented a speech at Rice Stadium in Texas, announcing his excitement and planning for many of the rockets and other technological advances invented to make his plan of the exploration of space possible. John F. Kennedy’s speech was effective because of his use of parallelism and appeals to pathos, logos, and ethos throughout his speech.
President Kennedy utilizes parallelism in his speech to persuade his audience that aging progress in technology to speed up the process of traveling to the moon is a good idea and acquire allies in his audience to help out. In 1962, technology was booming with new inventions such as remote control draperies, cordless phones, pagers, and further advances in computers. With all this excitement buzzing around the nation, NASA accomplished something huge; they launched the first communications satellite that could send and receive signals.
This was a big step forward and encouraged Kennedy to purse further achievements regarding spacecraft and exploration of grounds outside of Earth. President Kennedy starts off his speech using parallelism as he appeals to the nations standpoint in a positive tone that discusses the challenges in front of them. He states, “We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a State noted for strength, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance.
The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. ” It is clear that his syntax includes similar phrases making the sentence easier to process. John F. Kennedy begins to explain that there is a need for research and expedition and that citizens are fully capable of so. The use of parallelism exemplified when he says “noted for knowledge,” “noted for progress,” and so on, strikes at a point that gets the readers attention and clarifies that all are capable of encountering the challenges he discloses later in the speech formulating his use of parallelism is persuasive.
Kennedy then utilizes parallelism once again explaining that the challenges will be hard to overcome undeterred by all the technology available to them back then. He explains, “Despite the striking fact that most of the scientists that world has ever known are alive and working today, despite the fact that this Nation’s own scientific manpower is doubling every 12 years in a rate of growth more than three times that of our population as a whole, despite that, the vast stretches of the unknown and the unanswered and the unfinished still far outstrip our collective comprehension. As presented, John F. Kennedy frequently uses the word ‘despite’ in his diction and combines it with a statistic of how advanced the nation is. By complimenting his crowd and action while using an easy, comprehensible method, he is effective in getting his point of having adversity across while also keeping his audience interested. Thereafter he reveals many of the reasons as to why and how we are capable of many hardships; he spoke of how there is a vast unknown that will be one of the most difficult encounters we’ve ever had.
Aside from his effective account of parallelism, President Kennedy’s application of ethos, pathos, and logos is compelling. Kennedy’s account of ethos Was persuasive because he established his feelings and urgency of his project. He states, “It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency. This proves that he is taking the project of going to space more seriously in an effort to make history and accomplish more in a shorter period of time by shifting from low to high gear as he said in his speech. By announcing his decision of a faster pace, it validates his presence in wanting to make a substantial difference eloping in persuading his audience to concur with him and put forth their effort in succeeding this mission. He then provides multiple instances appealing to pathos.
For example, “However, I think we’re going to do it, and I think that we must pay what needs to be paid. I don’t think we ought to waste any money, but I think we ought to do the job. ” He speaks of the lack of money and resources that are available to the foundation. When the audience feels pity they are more interested in how they can help causing them to pay closer attention. He is trying to pity the audience into donating or the exploration of space and the moon. John Kennedy is effective in appealing to pathos by keeping the audience thinking and engrossed in his dialogue.
Whilst he sympathizes, he remains positive and confident and his mindset remains on the idea that no matter what, the project will commence. His method causes the audience to feel compelled to contribute to President Kennedy and Anna’s success. The President then goes on to talk about how his plan will create many new jobs, which is appealing to most everyone. “And finally, the space effort itself, while still in its infancy, has already created a retreat number of new companies, and tens of thousands of new jobs.
Space and related industries are generating new demands in investment and skilled personnel, and this city and this State, and this region, will share greatly in this growth. ” By offering new opportunities of income, he allures not only his audience but thousands of members of the nation to collaborate as one. In 1962, the unemployment rate was at an average of 5. 5%, which is a not substantial amount but it is adequate enough to anticipate new jobs. By delivering that information to the public, John Kennedy appeals persuasively o the crowd causing them to be more interested.
Furthermore, he interests the people with logos. He specifies, ‘Within these last nineteen months at least 45 satellites have circled the earth. Some 40 of them were “made in the United States of America” and they were far more sophisticated and supplied far more knowledge to the people of the world than those of the Soviet union. ” This points out multiple facts to the people keeping them in the know with what they are putting through into outer space. Kennedy is trying to display how successful they have been in the past, so everyone is aware of hat they are capable of in the future.
His persuasive statistics prove to fascinate the congregation by making further comment that the satellites are American made and do not Originate from another Country. In another instance, President Kennedy describes, “In the last 24 hours we have seen facilities now being created for the greatest and most complex exploration in man’s history. We have felt the ground shake and the air shattered by the testing of a Saturn C-1 booster rocket, many times as powerful as the Atlas which launched John Glenn, generating power equivalent to 1 0,000 automobiles with their accelerators on the floor.
We have seen the site where the F-1 rocket engines, each one as powerful as all eight engines of the Saturn combined, will be clustered together to make the advanced Saturn missile, assembled in a new building to be built at Cape Canaveral as tall as a 48 story structure, as wide as a city block, and as long as two lengths of this field. ” On this occurrence, Kennedy provides multiple facts and statistics that are interesting and keep his congregation attentive. His appeal to logos is effective by also making comparison that intrigues everyone while also informing them.
Throughout his speech John F. Kennedy appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos and also accounts for parallelism again and again. These rhetorical devices keep the public active and attentive during his dialogue. Kennedy’s practice of rhetoric devices involves a careful attention to the characteristics and preferences of the audience. Of all that he appealed to, he purposely persuaded and convinced his congregation at Rice Stadium that he would be kicking his articulate project into high gear and gained their support because of the intellectuality of his syntax.