Analysis

Here are the elements which will help you with your analysis of Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech.

The rhetorical situation is that the speaker is Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, and the audience consists of the world leaders present at the United Nations General Assembly of December 1953.

The composition of the speech can be split into five parts according to the topics Eisenhower covers. The title of the speech is also significant as it hints at the main message of Eisenhower’s speech

The style of language is formal and reflects the seriousness of the political issue that Eisenhower discusses. Figurative language is also used throughout the speech to intensify the audience’s emotional reactions. 

Eisenhower uses a number of rhetorical devices. One of the most notable one is repetition through which Eisenhower reinforces his commitment to find positive uses of atomic energy.

In his speech, Eisenhower uses a mixture of forms of appeal. The use of all three forms of appeal makes the speech impactful and helps Eisenhower deliver his message.

You can read a full analysis of the speech on the following pages.

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