Elizabeth Tilbury Speech : Rhetorical Analysis Of Queen Elizabeth Tilbury

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Queen Elizabeth Tilbury Speech: Rhetorical Analysis The Queen of England, Elizabeth I, in a speech to her troops at Tilbury in 1588, motivates the troops by reminding them of the loyalty of the English subjects and the great power of England. They are in the midst of a war against Spain, and it is obvious that the Spanish armada will soon be approaching, and a battle will soon commence. The Queen’s purpose with her speech is to motivate her troops, to inspire patriotism for their country so they will fight more ferociously and with greater vigor than before in the war against Spain. She does this by adopting a regal, honorable, and reverent tone, asserting her authority while still giving the troops the respect they deserve in a way that shows her loyalty and appreciation for them. She wants her country to win in the war against Spain, which is why her speech must be powerful and elicit strong, immediate responses from her audience. First, the Queen displays her loyalty to her people in order to make the troops understand that she has put her faith in them. This increases the credibility of her argument because it shows that she is not just there because she is the Queen, she is there because she “[does] not desire to live to distrust [her] faithful and loving people”: she has “placed [her] chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and goodwill of [her] subjects.” She wants her audience, the troops, to be inspired to fight loyally with England, so in order to gain their loyalty she shows the troops that she is loyal to them as well, increasing her credibility as the Queen. During this section, she adopts a grateful and reverent tone in order to convince her audience that she is loyal to them and make them feel important to the country. Next, the Queen inspires patriotism in her troops by leading through example. She lets the troops know that she is there “to live and die amongst [them] all,” in order to convince them that she is there for more than just superficial support of her troops. She knows that if she were simply there to rile up the troops, they would some to resent her for being a hypocrite for standing on the sidelines and not joining in the war effort. By saying that “[she herself]

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