Title of Project

John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

Researcher Information

Marsha Mitchell

Project Type


Start Date

30-3-2007 12:00 AM

End Date

30-3-2007 12:00 AM

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John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address is one of the greatest historical speeches in American history. It was written in 1960, and is quite often quoted, utilized for declamation and evaluated publicly by many individuals. President John F. Kennedy delivered this famous speech on January 20, 1960 after being victorious in the presidential election. It was then he gave hope to the American people; and it is often considered that hope is like a river, and President Kennedy was the river that flowed at that particular time, bringing with it life and productivity to the American public. This speech is considered both memorable and effective in terms of the content, style and delivery. Evaluation of the speech was performed by utilizing the Burkean Pentad, and this method accurately measured the success of the speech and by extension the main reason why it was so effective in achieving its purpose. Additionally, by evaluating the style, structure and linguistic devices utilized through out his inspiring address, it became naturally visible and ultimately quite evident why this intelligent speech was so memorable; innovative and motivating. The inaugural address of the speech was certainly a masterpiece, and it gave great hope to a people that were in dire need of positive changes that would eventually enable them to lead productive and purposeful lives.