Analyzing Patton's Speech

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In his opening speech Patton said “Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed.”
“That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”
These sums up neatly what Patton believed and what he was trying to do.
Patton was always eager to command his Arny, A hero at heart for whom it appeared that gist of life is to lead, fight, and win.
While getting ready to thwart a German attack, he said - "All my life I've wanted to lead a lot of men in a desperate battle.
He knew well the battlefield is a ruthless, merciless and frightening place and to fight and win, they should not only be able to overcome their individual fear but should be motivated to do their duty selflessly. While throughout the movie, visibly he was seen as a demanding leader trying to get his troops disciplined and motivated, thereby winning battles, and rebuilding the prestige of American army, at times the very element of American exceptionalism and heroism could be seen as his driving motivation. …show more content…

After being left out of the Normandy invasion he said “The entire world is at war and I'm left out of it? God will not permit this to happen! I am going to be allowed to fulfill my destiny”
He was dedicated historian and believed, in previous lives, he had fought in the battles such as Carthage and was present at the time of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow.
He also mentioned in his poem -
“Through A Glass and darkly, the age old strife I see, where I fought in many guises many names but always me”
For him fighting & winning a glorious war in a battlefield was more meaningful than the life itself, as he said - “God help me, I do love it so. I love it more than my

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