His complex sentences usually begin with a subordinate clause to allow steam to build in order to energize the sentences main idea.
He uses short paragraphs and in each it reveals another one of Kennedy’s principles or promises.
The speech’s syntax reveals other meanings and adds to the development of the tone.
Kennedy also uses figurative language such as personification, “our sister republics” and metaphors such as, “bonds of mass misery”, “beachhead of cooperation”, and “jungle of suspicion”.
Later in the speech, Kennedy proves himself a courageous leader when, with particular emphasis, he says, “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.
as an unselfish leader who believes in a higher power: “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” Throughout the address, Kennedy establishes through different classifications, analogies, facts, and maxims.
He uses the facts of the Cold War (the arms race, space race, et cetera) to make proposals for potential healing with Russia: “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms – and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.” Kennedy also uses maxims, or common phrases, from the Bible to connect with his mostly Christian audience.