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Peace with Honor – Richard M. Nixon – Rhetorical analysis

In the context of a long-term proxy war’s ending, executed in the country of Vietnam. The factual victory was held by the North Vietnam who achieved a communist regime and thereby defeated the western idea of a democracy. In this occasion Nixon held a speech, which addressed the surrender of America with the discourse “Peace with Honor”.

The speech can be parted in to three segments. The first one being an informative description of the situation. The second one is embossed with the Aristotelian term called ethos and third is filled with pathos. With that said, the first part is the actual statement: “we today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia” And a reading out loud of the physical peace contract follows. Now this is the first time the discourse “peace with honor” appears in the speech. It will be repeated and used as a literary tool to emphasize the goal of the speech. Nixon uses the plural personal pronom “we” to indicate that he maintains the best interests for his country: “we have been in the closest consultation with President Thieu and other representatives of the Republic of Vietnam.” In this given example, he both implies the “we” as the government and as a suggestion for the people to trust that the government’s intentions are for the best. Therefore one could argue that the “we” could be a loaded word emphasizing the ethics in respecting the prior enemy: the Republic of Vietnam. Furthermore, this underlines the credibility he gives himself as president of U.S.A. This is where ethos plays its main part. Nixon wants to maintain his authority and role as a leader, and does this by shifting between “we” and “I”. When he uses the singular personal pronoun as an object, he indirectly states that he knows what he’s doing. And as said before he uses the plural personal pronoun as an object, as a feature of the ethos:...
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