Winston Churchill’s “Their Finest Hour” is written to encourage the citizens and soldiers of the United Kingdom to prepare for battle. The French had just fallen into the hands of the German army. There had also been an unexpected rescue of 338,000 British soldiers from German occupation (Burns). Prior to this speech, England was out of reach of the German army. However, as Germany’s control of France strengthens, the only thing that separates the German army from England is the English Channel. England is all that’s left of eastern Europe and has now become Germany’s primary target, bringing the battle to their shores (Burns). To inform and inspire the British people, Churchill uses tone, foreshadowing, and pathos to convey this important …show more content…
“I look forward confidently to the exploits of our fighter pilots these splendid men, this brilliant youth who will have the glory of saving their native land, their island home, and all they love, from the most deadly of all attacks” (Churchill 76) describes the soldier’s emotional connection with their country. Here, Churchill ignites each soldier’s strength and fury to protect their country and their family. Now more than ever their troops must be dedicated in their mission to fight off the German army. Churchill uses “Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war… But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister” toward the end of the speech to elevate the emotional response to its highest level. The emotional connection and sense of responsibility that Churchill is placing on the audience couldn’t be higher. This is Churchill’s last chance both in the war and in this speech to win, to win the audience over, to push them to their limit, and to fight to the end. The emotional connection in this speech is more substantial and more valuable in delivering Churchill’s desired effect than any other rhetorical
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World War II (WWII) is a very common topic discussed in high school english classes mainly due to the facts that WWII is a perfect example of good vs. evil in the real world and there is an endless amount of books written about this tragic era in history. Two examples of these type of books are Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and Elie Wiesel’s Night; and like all of the other WWII books, these two address themes about the hardships of war and how hope is always present. One specific theme that these books support is that in war, there will always be peace; this is shown through elements of faith, happiness, and trauma. To begin, the two main characters of the books Unbroken and Night face a struggle with their individual faiths, but in very different ways. Louis (Louie) Zamperini initially was not the most religious man but when faced with the most dire of situations he turned to God repeatedly for help and counsel.
Churchill builds credibility in order to make his audience believe in his words by providing their standpoint in the war they face against Nazi Germany. The main objective of this speech is to encourage the British to fight for their country and not accept defeat in the battle known as World War II. He also addresses his audience and “Mr. Speaker” that the creation of a War Cabinet was necessary in order to protect
Ernst Junger’s account of World War I subtly produces a mood of remorse among his audience through his formation of description. Most of his book contains lucid images, lacking any symbolic language. His pragmatic diction and syntax structure a story almost devoid of emotion. Junger punctuates his writing with frequent fragments and brusque sentences that highlight the vicious reality of war (47). As he recounts the deaths of his fellow soldiers with a chilling tone, he appears to be unfazed by the brutalities around him (52).
“Queen Elizabeth I's Speech to the Troops at Tilbury, 1588”, and “Patrick Henry's Speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775”, are two powerful speeches delivered at different times in history, but both speeches share similarities and differences in their use of rhetorical appeals. One similarity between the two speeches would be that both of them use pathos, which is an appeal to the emotions of the audience. Queen Elizabeth I used pathos by showing the importance of the English soldiers in the face of Spanish invasion. She appealed to their sense of nationalism and loyalty, which inspired the troops to fight. Patrick Henry also used pathos by talking about some of the dangers that faced the colonies.
A story that tells only of death, sorrow, and the bitter truth about World War One, Erich Remarque’s book, All Quiet On The Western Front, is simply a story of a generation of men who were lost to war. Told through the eyes of a 19 year old boy named Paul Bäumer, as he shows what World War One was, in all of its horrific glory. This ‘glory’ so to speak was a gruesome, traumatizing experience for many of the soldiers that fought in World War One, this experience engraved in their memory, that would continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives. In the epigraph in All Quiet On The Western Front, it tells that “ even though [the soldiers] may have escaped shells, [they] were destroyed by the war”. It is evident to say that even though some soldiers escaped death from the war, they all will be scared from the experiences they had.
All is Lost in War Before World War I, war was glorified and many a young boy hoped of becoming a soldier. After World War I, war had been given a new darkness of scarring memories from veterans of the debacle. All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Remarque, and In the Field, by Tim O’Brien, help shed the light on this shade that looms over war now. In All Quiet on the Western Front and In the Field, common themes of lost generation and horrors of war are present in a bold fashion.
Winston Churchill states in his speech Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat “to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.” Churchill is stressing that in order to come out of the war successfully, several changes need to be made to the way Britain performs under pressure. Churchill is calm and collected on the outside, but he is stressed and overwhelmed on the inside. He tries to get a reaction from his peers by talking
Churchill first uses an analogy of how nations in history overcame the evil. In the analogy, the author states that the ‘the spirit of resistance’ overwhelmed the evil; the spirit represents Britain and the United States; the evil represents Nazi Germany and its Allies. With the use of the analogy, Churchill strongly urges and shows confidence that if Britain and the United States support each other with military support, the issue can be solved easily-. Churchill highlights his confidence by using black and white contrast. He illustrates the past-when the nations were full of fear- as ‘miseries’, ‘prolonged confusion, which can be seen as black, and depicts the near future as ‘conception of light’.
“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.” This is a WW2 quote talking about the patriotism that was happening during WW2. When many people think about WW2, they think about all the horrific things that happened. Many people forget the good that people did, and what happened after the war ended. Many people that fought in WW2 share memories and stories of the good that they did for their country, all the opportunities that they got from the war, and the people that they encountered.
Churchill begins by giving context to the previous happenings of the war, in order to allow people to grasp the power of the German forces when it comes to invasion. Churchill states that “there has never been a period… of which we boast when an absolute guarantee against invasion… could’ve been given to our people”. One can’t be too overconfident about guarantees, because there is always a chance attached to them. However, Churchill reassures that the British naval and air powers can be exercised through preparation against “every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous maneuver”. These words
This speech did that and established Winston Churchill as one of the greatest leaders in British history, within his first few months of taking office as Prime Minister of Great Brittan. While presenting this speech Churchill used a multitude of rhetorical devises to engage and rally the public. He used devises such as repetition, allusion, and use of ethos, pathos and logos. Churchill’s’ rhetoric combined with hi tone and emotion during his
In an ever-changing world, never has a war been so innovatively brutal as the First World War. One can speak of dehumanization, animalization and desensitization, evoking images of pain, terror and deadening. In his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque melancholically, yet beautifully, depicts the absolute horrors of war and the way this gruesomeness affected the common soldier, analyzing both the psychological and the physical aspects, and assessing the ultimate ramification on its often-innocent victims. Through means of his pivotal narrator Paul Baümer, how effective was Remarque’s novel as a critique and debunking of World War I actually?
All Quiet On The Western Front “The future German man will not just be a man of books, but a man of character. ”-Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. The future man will not know what character is without books. The future German will be a weak imbecile without the writings of many authors to help guide him into manhood. This quote shows the German ignorance when it comes to things that would undermine “King Hitler”.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Remarque, “In the Field” by Tim O’Brien, and “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen are all war stories that all share a similar theme. They all illustrate the terrible and gruesome imagery of modern war. The authors clearly have no intention of romanticizing the idea of war and only want to write the truth as they have experienced it. Literary devices such as similes and imagery is used throughout all of these works to depict the harrowing and appaling images of war in the reader’s mind.
In times of war, soldiers must surpass obstacles and be ready to face challenges. Witnessing the valiant efforts of these men that throw their lives on the line instills an insurmountable sense of pride in the hearts of spectators. Both Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem and Richard Caton Woodville Jr.’s illustration entitled “The Charge of the Light Brigade” incorporate literary terms to express their feeling of pride towards the Light Brigade. Tennyson exhibits this by using repetition to signify the danger of fighting in battle, in addition to imagery to help the reader imagine how terrifying war is, while setting a respectful tone. Woodville shows a feeling of pride through the setting, symbolism, and powerful imagery.