Instances

In this part, we will consider John F. Kennedy’s intention in delivering his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin on 26th of June, 1963.

Kennedy’s main intentions are to demonstrate the support of the United States for West Germany and West Berlin after the construction of the Berlin Wall and also to argue against the Communist system.

Part of Kennedy’s speech is intended to show the support of the US for West Germany and West Berlin.

US support for West Berlin is highlighted by mentioning General Clay, “who has been in this city during its great moments of crisis and will come again if ever needed.” (ll. 8-10). Kennedy’s reference to him serves to remind the people of West Berlin of everything the US has done in the past to help and protect them, suggesting that the US is capable of doing so again.

Furthermore, he claims that Americans share the Berliners’ dream of freedom:

I want to say on behalf of my countrymen who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride, that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. (ll. 34-39)

Finally, US support for West Berlin is suggested by the phr…

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