Victory Spirit

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William Safire and James Wood are two different people, with different ideas, different views, but do have similar writing styles. In William Safire’s “A Spirit Reborn” he talks about the Gettysburg Address in comparison to 9/11 and he also analyzes the Gettysburg Address in more depth and has a specific purpose for writing his article. On the other hand in James Wood’s “Victory Speech” he talks about how President Obama flowed through different things, Wood also analyzes certain details of Obama’s speech, and offers some critique.
“Now, as then, a national spirit rose from the ashes of destruction” (Safire 41). The Gettysburg Address was given after a horrible incident, with very tragic losses. By going through these destructive events,
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He mentions some specific quotes such as “The nation was ‘conceived in liberty’… delivered into life – by ‘our fathers” (Safire 42). He also brings up death and re-birth by pulling more quotes from Lincoln’s memorable speech.
Safire does not want us to “listen to only Lincoln’s famous words and comforting cadences” (43). Instead he wants us to remember the message Lincoln was giving to us, he wants us to appreciate the deceased and the missing, and wants to remind us that “this generation’s response to the deaths of thousands of our people leads to ‘a new birth of freedom” (Safire 43).
“First he moved through the people… Then he moved through the country… then he moved through time” (Wood 611). The purpose Wood says for Obama doing this; was “to bind those wounds by binding us together” (611). By bringing people from different ages, orientation and gender, from different states and cities, Obama hopes to bring our nation back together as one nation. He also mentions how Ann Nixon Cooper, who is one hundred and six years old, had voted using just a finger, to show how the times have changed.
Wood analyzes some details of Obama’s speech, such as how “Yes we can” changed to “Yes we did” and “Yes we may”. Noticing the impact those few words had on the crowd by saying it was “extraordinarily moving in its sobriety” (Wood 611). Wood also mentions how he added it to past tense, using a note of being uncertain. He also draws attention to Obama’s use of the
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