George W. Bush’s 9/11 Address to the Nation focuses on three main topics: the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath, hope, and the American spirit.
While these are the underlying themes of the speech, you should also note that the speaker touches upon the subject of human values, such as peace, justice, freedom, faith, and the willingness to help other people, and also on the war on terrorism.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath
On 11th of September, 2001, Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and flew two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Everyone on board the planes was killed, and thousands of people on the ground lost their lives. The fourth hijacked plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing everyone on board. Consequently, the speaker focuses on themes that are relevant for the audience.
George W. Bush speaks about the attacks and their aftermath, both in terms of the victims and the American government’s reaction to the attacks.
On the topic of the victims, George W. Bush presents them to the audience as ordinary American citizens. He only uses the term “victims” once, at the start of the speech. However, he makes indirect references to them throughout the speech: “thousands of lives were suddenly ended”; “mass murder”. Bush also refers to “all those who grieve, (…) the children...