Rhetorical Analysis of Swami Vivekananda’s Speech

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Columbian Exhibition of 1893 in Chicago was the first attempt of global religious leaders to unlock and disclose the truth about all beliefs across the globe and first effort to reinforce the humans’ attitude to the values of each religion in particular. One Indian monk, without a coin in his pockets, intentionally left his motherland and visited American assembly in order to participate in the parliamentary meeting. It was Swami Vivekananda who made an outstanding and impressive speech on behalf of entire Hinduism. He called for humanism and tolerance, and his magnificent sentences sounded like the blessing magic spell for numerous listeners. The perfect proficiency in English, deeply sounded voice, respectful behavior that was full of…show more content…
He uses “I thank you” (1) when he speaks on behalf of his entire religion and its representatives; he uses “I thank you” (1) when he narrates in the name of all Hindu people across the world; he uses “I thank you” (1) when he expresses his appreciation to every speaker and attendant in Parliament. The rhetorical technique of pronouns, actually, has always strengthened the speeches of wise men. In such manner, Swami Vivekananda classified himself as the carrier and ‘voice’ of whole Hindu people and Hinduism. He says “I” and means “we – Hindu people and our religion”. It is not an egoistic context, because these pronouns imply the great respect to whole humanity in the world, not only to own nation. Such fraternal appeal with usage of suitable pronouns touched the spirits of all listeners, because it is always enjoyable to hear respect to whole planet from the mouth of one man. A great rhetorical combination of parallelism and metaphor we can see in this sentence: “I thank you in the name of the mother of religions” (1). It is very kind and diligent comparison of human ideology with a Mother – a saint and eternal entity that gives a birth to everything. It was impressive approach to mention a Mother as the starting point of all religious movements in the world, because people in Parliament had to understand that Vivekananda deeply respect his religious

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