The Civil War Essay

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Katherine Cardenas
Thomas Meade
November 8, y

Second Inaugural Address
In Comparison to Emily Dickinson’s Success Is Counted Sweetest

Both The Second Inaugural Address and Success is Counted Sweetest were referenced about the Civil War. Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address took Socrate’s rhetorical approach in that Lincoln tried to influence the souls of his audience. Dickinson’s Success is Counted Sweetest was less direct to her audience but nonetheless conveyed her message go triumph being more significant to he who failed rather than to he who attained victory. The Civil War, according to Lincoln, was God’s will for punishment against the slavery committed. Lincoln speaks heavily about religion and his certainty that God brought
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“Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.” Towards the end of the speech, Late President Lincoln uses oxymorons indicating how the whole premise as to why we went to war was resolved before the war itself even ended. The arrangement and appeal of the choice of words was highly premeditated to reach the desired outcome; reaching to the souls of the people. On the same token, Lincoln pointed out that both sides looked for the easy route to the victory, both parties read the same Bible, and prayed to the very same God, and both asked God to help them in triumphing over the other. Here is where Lincoln brings in the argument: “If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?” He challenged his people by forcing them to silently look within themselves in order to reflect on how true and synonymous they were without being outrageous. Be that as it may, Dickinson

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