Essay about Roosevelt 's Inspiring Words : Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Roosevelt’s Inspiring Words
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the following president after the Great Depression. Roosevelt had to give out his gratitude towards all the people who was suffering, and give his ideas on how he was going to bring the economy back up. To do this the people of the United States didn’t want to be lied to, so he had to come across to them by acting credibly as the President of United States at such a harsh time, showing his emotions about the terrible event, so the people would know that he cared, and by giving facts about what he would do to help America. To do all these things, President Roosevelt relies on ethos, pathos, and logos in a well thought out inaugural speech.
Roosevelt use of ethos is very important, so he starts the speech by stating that “I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impels” (Roosevelt 1). He then follows up with “This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly” (Roosevelt 1). This establishes his ethos to the audience that he will speak the truth and live up to that as one of his duties as a leader. He then states that the only thing people should fear is fear itself, and that this is a time where the people need to let him, the leader, lead the nation to a new prosperity. By stating these things, he tells the public that he does know what terrible things have taken place. This gives the audience assurance that they have picked a great…

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