Rhetorical Analysis Of Abraham Lincoln 's Speech

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“Four score and seven years ago…” the first six words of the famous speech given by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863. Considering the brevity and simplicity of the speech, this powerful masterpiece has impacted citizens of the United States for generations. By further analysis, I have found a few tricks that give this piece its’ powerful punch. I propose the wise use of timing, emotion and rhetorical devices used in his speech all contributed to creating this legendary dialogue. First, the speeches effectiveness was due to the poignant timing he chose to deliver his plea to the people. Second, the words he chose to elicit emotion in the nation and to act upon those emotions. Finally, the rhetorical devices he chose within in his speech to ignite the nation to continue to fight for freedom and equality. Timing The Battle of Gettysburg took place in July 1863 (Conner, 2015). Thus far, the North had not won many battles for the Union during the Civil War (Conner, 2015). Lincoln wanted to capitalize on the victory to gain more support for the war, which had decreased in popularity among the North (Conner, 2015). Lincoln additionally wanted to reignite the people to finish what the men who had died started. As an example, the end of Lincoln’s speech, “a government of the people, by the people, for the people” (Gettysburg Address, para 4, 2015) is considered a pivotal moment in the way Americans viewed their government. Before this, people spoke about ending slavery
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