Posted at 03.10.2018
Throughout this comparative commentary I am going to compare and evaluate two well known speeches of Leader John F. Kennedy in conditions of content and goal, audience, firmness, stylistic devices, perspective, syntax and imagery. The two speeches I will compare with each other will be the 'Inaugural Address' [words A], which was supplied 20 January 1961 and the 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech [text message B], which was supplied 26 June 1963 in Western Berlin. While both speeches concern themselves with liberty and serenity, one is aimed at the liberty and peacefulness of residents of america and also at people of the world, whereas the other is aimed at the liberty and tranquility of people of Germany in particular.
The theme in both speeches is explicit; both speeches clearly deal with peacefulness and liberty. The primary reason for the 'Inaugural Address' was to inspire the Americans by evoking idealism and a feeling of security. Especially the sentence 'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask you skill for your country. ' was inspirational to many. The purpose of the 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech on the other side was to assure the planet that america was keeping its dedication to (Western) Berlin also to describe that Communism had not been the wave into the future. Despite Kennedy sometimes provides some facts, both portions are declaring to be subjective and imaginative.
Both and words A and text B are both and written and narrated by President Kennedy himself. Actually Kennedy has had some help of his German interpreter with translating the now most notorious sentence of his talk 'Ich bin ein Berliner' [I am a resident of Berlin], but he admits this in his speech by declaring 'I appreciate my interpreter translating my German. ' The partnership to reader in text message A is more of an intimate relationship that Kennedy wants to create. The reason behind this is the fact that he desires to mix the readers emotion by building a bond between all resident of the United States. By using a whole lot of 'we' and 'us' in his talk he creates this effect. This also made the audience, his fellow individuals of America, feel patriotic and positive. For instance when he uses 'our forebears' and 'our historical history' in wording A. Alternatively, the relationship to the reader in wording B is a far more distant relationship. Words A has, exactly like text A, a first person point-of-view. But the difference is the fact that in this case it creates some distance, rather than cohesion. Although Kennedy obliviously offers his view on certain issues, Kennedy is generally a dependable narrator in both parts.
The tones of both speeches are not similar to each other. The tone of content material A is hortative and or inspirational as well as pious. He uses for example 'Almighty God' and 'the command of Isaiah' In words B the tone is more hopeful and ardent, specially when he repeats the phrase 'Let them come to Berlin. '
The diction of both piece do not vary a great deal. In both of his speeches he uses semi-formal vocabulary and phrasing. Although both text messages are alternatively easy to understand, word B is a little easier to understand. This can be done deliberately because the audience consisted of Germans, unlike his audience of his inaugural talk which contains People in the usa. Furthermore he will not use a whole lot of adjectives, unaggressive verbs and superlatives in both items. Something that is exceptional in word A is the fact that he did not establish himself as the president of America; but as an citizen of the United States who was simply 'blessed in this century, tempered by conflict, disciplined by a difficult bitter peace, pleased with our ancient history. ' Kennedy's repetition in using certain diction further strengthens his goal. For example, the recurring term 'pledge' [ text message A] is utilized in places in every promising framework And 'Let them come to Berlin' [words B] is utilized to weaken a disagreement about West Germany and capitalism.
Kennedy has only used metaphors in his inaugural talk. He uses for example 'those who foolishly wanted power by riding the trunk of the tiger ended up inside. ' to make clear that the communist countries are extremely dangerous. It really is eye-catching that Kennedy hasn't used any metaphors and similes in his 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech. Imagery can be useful in items that are persuasive to appeal to the audience, by formulating images in their intellects. Therefore a reason why Kennedy hasn't used any metaphors or similes is basically because it often would become much too hard to comprehend for the audience.
Text a consist of long complicated compound sentences, while words B involves somewhat shorter and easier phrases. An example of a sentence used in words A, which is long and complicated is the phrase 'Now the trumpet summons us again-not as a call to beararms, though biceps and triceps we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are-but a call to bear the burden of an extended twilight struggle, calendar year in and calendar year out, "rejoicing in desire, patient in tribulation"-a have difficulties against the normal enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. ' Kennedy didn't use such sentences in his 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech because he took the audience into account. Otherwise it would be too hard for them to understand.
Thanks to Kennedy's heightened firmness, very diverse syntax, well-chosen diction, diverse vocabulary and imagine, both speeches nowadays belong to one of the best speeches in history. That is also because of the fact that Kennedy was good on paper speeches and in providing speeches. I favor text A more than text B because this speech is perfectly balanced. With this I mean that one assertion is perfectly well balanced by another. Among this is '. . . this Nation has always been committed, and also to which we could devoted today at home and around the world. ' The result of the talk is strong, positive and also emotional. I believe the way Kennedy uses affectionate words is merely amazing.