Speech Analysis : Gettysburg Address

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Kelly Meyer English p 4 Mrs. Bower April 4, 2017 Speech Analysis of “Gettysburg Address” “Fourscore and seven years ago…” The infamous words spoken in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863 by the one and only Abraham Lincoln. Many people know and use these opening words but have never heard more of the speech. President Lincoln write this speech to dedicate hallowed ground to those brave American soldiers we lost at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Lincoln’s speech is one that is infamous and will stand the test of time. He uses strong, bold language that touched the hearts of Americans during his time and still today. Although it is a short speech, the majority of the United States’ citizens can recall the first…show more content…
His diction comes across as meaningful, somber, and admiration on those who gave their lives. He uses words such as "hallow", "devotion", "nobly", and "honor" to show his feelings. As mentioned previously, "all men are created equal" is an allusion to the Declaration of Independence. He goes on to bring up the Civil War, going on at the time, which divided our nation in two. Since the entire speech is about dedicating hallowed ground to the fallen soldiers of our nation, it is very appropriate. Although slavery was a growing problem during Lincoln’s presidency, he surprisingly does not bring it up in this speech. I feel that he does this to keep the nation at peace as best as he can, and keep both sides in his thoughts as he dedicates the sacred ground. After all, he is dedicating it to all fallen American soldiers, which would be everyone who has died in the war so far. This shows a lot of respect and honor for both the Confederates and the Rebels. The south was very against Lincoln and even broke away from his leadership, but our President still saw them as his own and did all he could to make the nation whole again. President Lincoln uses pathos to grieve with the audience about the loss of their soldiers. He conducts this mood by using phrases like "government of the people, by the people, for the people" giving the citizens power. Logos is used several times throughout this speech when the President says "we have come to dedicate a portion
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