English 3 AP- 4
22 October 2013
The Power Within
On January 20, 1961, in Washington D.C. John F. Kennedy (JFK) gave a speech shortly after becoming the president of America, commonly known as an Inaugural. Throughout his speech, JFK reveals to the people that they have the power to change, a much-needed change, in the world. In order to get the message across JFK uses tropes and figs to convince the people to unite as one and join common grounds with the world in order to fight for peace.
As JFK reads his speech, he uses metaphors to touch the people and bring them closer together. JFK states “to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of America—“(lines 11-12). Earlier in the speech JFK explains how Americas past heroes united as one to fight for a common thing. By stating, “The torch has been passed,” he informs the people that the time to plunge in and accomplish things like never before is finally here. A little bit before the previous sentence, JFK expresses, “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life” (lines 5-6). Many people believe that they are simply powerless and cannot change the world. Although JFK states differently he knows that all people young and old, men and women, possess the power to change the world as long as everyone joins hands and no one will have a chance against them.
Furthermore, JFK goes deeper not only talking about America uniting but America uniting with the entire world. Beginning in lines 61-62 JFK mentions “let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” JFK not only wants to unite the world but fight for peace, rather than to harm each other. John F. Kennedy goes on to giving examples of the accomplishments that everyone dreams of, once the people rise together “Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its...