Diction In Queen Elizabeth's Speech

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With the Spanish Armada inches from England’s shore, Queen Elizabeth delivered a powerful speech at Tilbury. The Spanish and English had been enemies for years, and this was yet another battle. Queen Elizabeth shapes her argument to reinforce her right to rule as well as to invigorate the troops for a battle against the mighty Spanish Armada. The Queen’s use of diction and rhetoric successfully removes any doubt in her leadership and capabilities and energizes the soldiers. Queen Elizabeth’s use of diction is precise as well as purposeful. There is no word that is not useful, and she chose them carefully, with thought. She emphasizes her respect for the soldiers with words like “faithful and loving people” and the “loyal hearts and good will
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