Forms of appeal

Franklin D. Roosevelt uses a combination of logos, ethos, and pathos in his “Pearl Harbor” speech. Logos helps Roosevelt present the danger that the US is in, ethos highlights Roosevelt’s character, while pathos is illustrated with the help of Roosevelt’s vocabulary and word choice. 


Roosevelt appeals to logos in his speech when he talks about the state that the US is in: “Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger”. Roosevelt uses specific evidence to prove his point, meaning the Empire of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, where “very many American lives have been lost”. 

Then, Roosevelt uses logos when he talks about several other attacks led by the Empire of Japan in the Pacif...

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