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In the satirical essay, “How Soccer Is Ruining America: A Jeremiad” by Stephen H. Webb that was posted on the Web site “First Things” in 2009, Webb makes use of several types of rhetorical devices that are similar to two other pieces. These pieces included Kennedy’s “The Mindless Menace of Violence” speech and, Reagan’s “Farewell Address”. Webb’s essay is more closely related to Kennedy’s speech than Reagan’s farewell address because of rhetorical devices such as the use of exaggerated diction and serious tone. By using diction that emphasizes the exaggeration of the author’s claims, Kennedy’s speech is able to match the same type of diction used in Webb’s. In Webb’s essay, he uses diction as a way to emphasize the exaggerated claims. For instance, Webb states that soccer is causing America’s “energy, drive, and competitiveness” to be “undermined to the point of no return” and, “soccer is a …show more content…
Using the words, undermined, death, and despair, help highlight Webb’s exaggerated claims since these words are usually used to evoke a feeling of worry and, by having them in this context, these words become more comical and ridiculous. In Kennedy’s speech, he demonstrated exaggerated diction by stating how we accept newspapers about “civilian slaughter in far off lands” and, “we glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment”. The word choice of, slaughter and glorify are exaggerated because it tries to paint a picture that Americans are heartless and think that killings are normal and nothing to worry about. Kennedy used those words in order to capture the audience’s attention and make them think about their daily life. By comparison, Reagan’s use of diction is used to emphasize the seriousness and importance of his claims. An example of this is when he explains how

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