George W. Bush’s 9/11 Address to the Nation explores topics like the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, hope, and the American spirit. These topics are inspired by the circumstances of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which brought sadness and grief to the American people but also the need to defend their country and its core principles.
Aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Bush’s overall intention with his speech is to inform the audience about the state of the country, to inspire a sense of hope and unity in the audience, and to announce the beginning of a war on terrorism.
Often, what gives more weight to the speaker’s message and helps him achieve his intentions is the use of rhetorical devices such as antithesis, repetition, enumeration, powerful imagery, and metaphors. Through these rhetorical devices, the speaker is able to give an accurate, yet emotional portrayal of the tragedy that struck t...