Blog 15

There have been some important speeches given in our country’s history.  One of the most important in my lifetime has been the State of the Union address given on September 20th 2001, just 9 days after the September 11th attacks.  The speech was given by then President, George Bush.  It was given at a time of fear, where the American people were scared of what would happen next.  For the first time people had experienced foreign terror in the continental US.  People were not sure who had attacked and why.  The President used several metaphors to explain terrorism.  He said “On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country” Equating terrorists with enemies of freedom.  He also compares terrorist organizations with organized crime “Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime”

The President is using this language and metaphors to help explain what terrorism is, comparing it to things people might understand, like organized crime. He is also rallying support for his administration by calling them enemies of freedom, which will help him start his war on terror in the near future. This shows that metaphors can help people understand complex things through comparisons with what they are familiar.

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13 Responses to “Blog 15”

  1. freedy89 Says:

    Presidential speeches are always full of metaphors so you’re definitely on the right track in choosing this as a topic.

  2. terrorism is indeed a hot topic, especially a few years ago. Good blog overall!

  3. stephenenglish112 Says:

    9/11 was a very influential time to many Americans. When the President delivered this speech he stepped up to what was going on in the world. I’m sure there are many metaphors in this speech to relate and analyze. Good luck.

  4. I think this a very good topic because this speach is important to many American lives and the metaphors given in this speech are very influential and important.

  5. atownace Says:

    I think that this is a good topic, I agree that presidential addresses are full of metaphors, this one is a great example of that. I feel that not only is this address full of good examples but it also has an emotional connection with everyone due to the events of 9/11. Great idea!

  6. Good choice for a topic to talk about. I think that this speech alone uses enough metaphors to fill up many pages of a paper. Also it was a very important speech that shaped probably most everyone in the U.S. and middle east. This is a great choice and has lots of metaphors to talk about good luck.

  7. I really like this topic, because President Bush also uses some metaphors in his speeches that turn out to be irrelevant and even sometimes, humorous.

  8. sutheraj Says:

    I like this topic, it is both interesting and relatable to everyone. I think you could do a lot with it and find some very good specific metaphors to analyze.

  9. Your paper turned out really well. You successfully analyzed the 9/11 attacks and how President Bush used metaphors relating terrorists to “enemies of freedom.” You captured the feeling of the people in the United States at that time and how it affects the way we think now.

  10. natalieng12 Says:

    The use of this metaphor is very familiar. When comparing something to something else is a typical way of using a metaphor.

  11. hankinsjj Says:

    9/11, and indeed the politics and minor details of the tragedy are things that are argued even to this day, nearly 8 years later. Interesting topic.

  12. vince2012 Says:

    This should be a great metaphor to write the paper on and I think it is a very powerful metaphor and should leave you with plenty of things to write about. Also, I think that it would be interesting to look at other presidential speeches with metaphors in them.

  13. RackEmWillie Says:

    Using the voice of the president is a great idea to express metaphors for this paper. He used many metaphors to describe to the american people what terrorism is and what it can do to a country.

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