Essay on Franklin D. Roosevelt 's Speech

786 Words Aug 31st, 2015 4 Pages
On December 7th, 1941, a day that will always be remembered, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave an important speech. He needed support from the citizens and also wanted to enlighten them about Japan’s attack the evening before. Roosevelt presents the surprise attack from Japan to the United States in the war declaration following Pearl Harbor in order to not only declare war but to motivate the citizens of the United States to support his declaration. He uses dramatic irony, repetition, and emotional appeal.
Roosevelt started of his speech with a personal anecdote describing the "horrifying" realization that the Pearl Harbor had been bombed by Japan. This technique immediately establishes the essay as informative and shocking it is a great way to capture the reader 's interest. Also, this particular anecdote is used as a realization that December 7th, 1941 will never be the same." Another anecdote in the essay explains how Japan had be plotting for days even weeks about attacking the U.S. " It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.” Anecdotes such as this are question rising and tend to strengthen the mood of the essay. Also, it is quite easy for readers to understand the big confusion .Another function of…

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