Inquiry 2 - Littman 1 Joe Littman Lynne Streeter English...

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Littman 1 Joe Littman Lynne Streeter English 111 21 September 2010 Writer’s Letter For this Inquiry I tried not to say the same thing over and over again because in the last Inquiry I felt like that was all I did. With that in mind I tried to analyze JFK’s “I am a Berliner” in as many ways as possible and look at his rhetoric in different contexts (tone, voice, ethos, pathos, logos, ect.). When I read the speech the thing that stood out most to me was the diversity of the audience of the speech and how JFK had to incorporate appeals to each audience and address the opponents of capitalism and democracy. I analyzed many of the appeals from the impact they would have on the different audiences. Often times his sentences would appeal to two different audiences in completely different ways by saying one thing. The saying “Ich bin ein Berliner” has been used many times as a rallying cry from freedom and is often used by those who feel oppressed. I used that as an ending to show how this speech achieved longevity and will continue to be a common term that supports freedom. Ich bin ein Berliner John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most famous speeches ever given, “Ich bin ein Berliner” which means “I am a Berliner” in English. This speech was given on June 26, 1963 in West Berlin to a group of predominantly Germans. Prior to this speech the Berlin border was closed by the Soviet Union and shortly thereafter the Berlin Wall was
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Littman 2 constructed. The Berlin Wall was a testament to the failures of Communism because it forced people to remain in Communist East Berlin. The US lost much of its apparent power in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, which took place in April 1961. After this disappointment JFK needed to show the world that the US was still just as strong as before. This speech was an attempt to expose the evils of communism and to express that the US was not going to shy away from the fight with communism and the USSR (“Timeline of the Cold War”). Once the wall’s construction was imminent, “East Germans…fled to West Berlin in increasing numbers. In July alone there were some 30,000. The construction of the Berlin Wall started at 2:00 A.M. on August 13, 1961. The Wall effectively sealed off the best escape route open to disenchanted East Germans, thus halting the mass movement of people to the West” (“Berlin Crisis”). I chose this speech because I consider JFK our nation’s best orator. I believe this was his best speech. I have always been fascinated with his ability to get the response he wants from his audience through use of rhetorical devices. This paper gives me an opportunity to look at how he does that. This speech was very complex and appealed to many different audiences in many
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