Essay on Analysis of Obama's Victory Speech

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Analysis of Obama`s Victory Speech
The presidential victory speech delivered by Barack Obama who is the president to be was held on November 4, 2008, in Grant Park, Chicago. It is about his won election for the office as the president.
I will take a closer look on how Obama emphasizes his speech with stylistic devices.
The speech is divided into four parts. The first part is from ll. 1-26, the second from ll. 27- 70, the third from ll. 71-9 and the last from ll. 95-105.
In the first part of the speech Obama uses many stylistic devices. He makes repetitions (“three hours, four hours”, l.10), (“Blue States”, l.20, “United States”, l.21) to underline his ideas and to emphasize that people waited long to have the chance to vote even for
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The third part starts with an example of a women (ll. 73-79) with which Obama wants the listeners identify with him and wants to show that he is just a human being as everyone else. After the example fallows an enumeration (ll. 80- 82) which emphasizes the strengths with which the women stands for her country because there were many things which she had seen but it is an example which says that she never lost her faith and that everyone else should act like her. The repetition (“New”, l. 86) shows that Obama wants to create something new and wants the audience to feel so, too. He arouses the audience`s emotions in giving the anaphora “Yes we can” (ll. 82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 94, 104) which he uses very often to stabilize the feeling of triumph in the listeners and to make them want to feel supported that they want to and can change something. With another enumerations (ll. 91-92) Obama wants to tell everyone what happened in the world which was from importance and that this little thing a women did (“ And in this year, in this election, she touched her finger on a screen, and cast her vote,...”, ll. 92.93) is as important as moving events in the world`s history.
The last part is emphasized by Obama because he gives rhetorical questions (“…, what change will they see?”, l. 97, “What progress will we have made?”, ll. 97-98) that should make the people think about what they did, what they changed and what they
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