Duty Honor Country- Douglas Macarthur

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Duty, Honor, Country “And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars,” this statement embodies Douglas Macarthur’s Speech “Duty, Honor, Country”. It was given in 1962 in acceptance of the Thayer Award, “The Award given… citizen of the United States, whose outstanding character, … comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto - Duty, Honor, Country.” (AOGUSMA) It has been presented to other distinguished leaders such as Former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Regan, all of who upheld American values and the pillars, Duty, Honor and Country of the US Army. General Douglas Macarthur was one of four Men to reach…show more content…
This parallelism is reflected in the speech. The Army creed, Duty, Honor, Country is repeated eight times. This speech was to a hall of men and woman who also proudly associated themselves with the US Army. Individually duty, honor, country are strong ideographs, but together they ring true for the corps. Duffy puts is well,” After all duty is what one ordinarily obliged to do; achieving honor for so doing exemplary performance; but to do this not for personal recognition but for country implies altruism on who’s behalf people might giver their lives. ( 115)” This is a great definition of what this creed means for the cadets. These guidelines are utilized for maximum resonance: “The probably of recalling a repeated word is about twice the probably a unique word. (Perelman 471)” However, in this case the memorability is greater because of previous habit. Duffy Writes, “advantage accrues… whereby thresholds vary inversely with frequency of prior usage…Of all the words uttered at West Point, Duty, Honor, Country clearly had the advantage for emphasis and resultant memorability. (119)” Macarthur ends each of his main points with the army creed. For the audience, this ties every lesson, whether it is civilian versus army focus, the history of west point, or the pride in fighting for this nation into a strong physical application of what a soldier should do. Macarthur takes their training and puts it into action. Parallelism is also used in explaining the Army
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