Delaney of homes, autos, appliances, and most other items

Delaney Young Pd 9

                On April 10th, 1962, as
the United States was emerging from a recent recession. The economy was
starting to rise and the steel industry was also exceeding, some of the nations
largest steel companies raising steel prices by 3.5 percent. President John F.
Kennedy was a strong believer of stable prices and wages, and due to the rise
in steel prices President Kennedy held a conference on April 11, 1962, criticizing
some of the largest steel companies for their escalation in steel prices. In
order to convince these major steel manufactures to reduce the cost of steel, in
John F. Kennedy’s news conference, President Kennedy incorporates the use of repetitive
effective anaphora’s, coherent diction, and bold clear-cut periodic sentences.

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            Throughout the course of Kennedy’s
news conference, he incorporates several operative anaphora’s, deliberately
showing repetitive phrases. These anaphora’s utilized throughout the course of
Kennedy’s speech emphasizes the magnitude of the effects that the increase of
prices of steel would have on the United States. It specifically states in
paragraph 3 of Kennedy’s speech that “If this rise in the cost of steel is
imitated by the rest of the industry, instead of rescinded, it would increase
the cost of homes, autos, appliances, and most other items for every American
family. It would increase the cost of machinery and tools to every American
businessman and farmer. It would seriously handicap our efforts to prevent an
inflationary spiral from eating up the pensions of our older citizens, and our
new gains in purchasing power.” The use of this anaphora emphasizes the
numerous possibilities that would ensue following an increase in the price of
steel. By increasing the price of steel this would be affecting all people,
from a one man farmer to an American family, even to the extent of a business. Overall,
the use of this anaphora causes spectators to consider the outcome that an
increase in the price of steel would cause onto their daily life and the
possible inflation of America as a whole.

            John Kennedy’s coherent diction helps
contribute to the persuasiveness by making it stand out in a cultured, knowledgeable
way. Kennedy uses a wide array of sophisticated vocabulary which helps him sound
even more knowledgeable than already perceived by the nation. His specifically
chose very passionate, intense words that were intended to stir up the reader’s
emotions, and intended in this case to be somewhat frustrated. Kennedy chooses words
such as, “defiance” and “unjustifiable” which in the end all comes together to
help the argument sound more developed. Kennedy also uses terms such as “handicap
our efforts” and “ruthless disregard”. Kennedy states “… a few gigantic
corporations have decided to increase prices in ruthless disregard of their public
responsibilities.” If Kennedy was get rid of the word “ruthless” and replace the
word “disregard” with a lesser word such as “ignore”, there would be not be as
much emotion and passion felt throughout the reader. The selection of words Kennedy
uses helps create a unique diction and an emotion connection to Kennedy and his
disappointment in the lack of consideration steel companies have for the
public.

            Kennedy’s use of several bold central
meanings at the end of a main clause helps emphasis and persuade the audience.
In this specific circumstance President Kennedy’s main purpose for his use of periodic
sentences was to hopefully help engage his audience in joining the disappointment
and vexation towards the steel companies. In paragraph two of President Kennedy’s
speech, he starts off stating the crisis our nation is currently enduring and
he then continues to address numerous examples of America’s current condition.
He continuously reveals the several actions that citizens are performing every
day, some even being life risking, to support their country. Kennedy gives several
examples of tasks several Americans complete, stating that some “…are
devoting our energies to economic recovery and stability, when we are asking
reservists to leave their homes and their families for months on end and
servicemen to risk their lives–and four were killed in the last two days in
Viet Nam…” Finally at the end Kennedy reveals the periodic sentence, stating
that the steel companies need to do their part just how every other American
does their part in order to help America’s struggling economy. By incorporating
this periodic sentence, the audience is becoming frustrated with the steel
companies and their lack of support towards the economy. This helps persuade
the audience to continuously believe Kennedy’s argument and evidence provided.

            John F
Kennedy’s news conference contained important persuasive commentary regarding
the steep incline of the unjustified increase in steel prices. The avarice of
large steel companies has led to economic unrest, as they increase their prices
they handicap the efforts of America and its residents to fix the many difficulties
that have emerged in the past few years. John F Kennedy incorporates the use of repetitive effective anaphoras,
coherent diction, and bold clear-cut periodic sentences, in order
to persuade the audience that the steel companies are unsupportive and unfair
to their country in a time of need.