Rhetorical devices

Rhetorical devices are used by a speaker to make arguments more appealing and memorable, which makes it easier to create a connection with the audience.

George W. Bush uses a number of different rhetorical devices in his 9/11 address, which you can read about below.

Allusions and references

A notable allusion (indirect reference) in Bush’s 9/11 speech is to America’s past victories against its enemies: “America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.”. The speaker uses this reference to suggest his confidence that America will be able to win the war against terrorism. 

Bush quotes Psalm 23, in the hope that it will comfort those affected by the terrorist attacks: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.”. This is an impo...

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