Rhetorical Analysis Of Braveheart

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Rhetorical Analysis The speech that was delivered by William Wallace in the movie Braveheart, was meant to persuade the soldiers to fight for their freedom even though they were grossly out-numbered by the English. In the early 13th century the Scottish and the English were fighting in the First Wars of Independence. This was the result of the death of King Alexander III in 1286, when he left no heir to the throne. King Edward I of England was successful in conquering this land an was trying to rid Scotland of their clans. William Wallace was a land owner who married his childhood friend Murron in secret because the lords of the land had the right to have their way with the women on their wedding nights. This resulted in the execution of Murron.…show more content…
This is very important because people act on the way they feel. A veteran first challenges the man on the horse claiming to be William Wallace shouting “William Wallace is 7 feet tall”. William gives the reply, “Yes, I’ve heard. Kills men by the hundreds, and if he were here he’d consume the English with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse.” This statement shows pathos because it is appealing to the emotional aspect of the soldiers. It made the men realize how exaggerated people had made him sound. It also made them laugh. This is a way for Wallace to connect with his countrymen and get them emotionally involved in the terrifying task at hand. Another example is when William Wallace tells the men, “Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live – at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom.” Using pathos he is trying to make the men comprehend that if they run away and lose their freedom, they might regret running away from the chance to have defeated the English Army. They would never have known if they would have won and kept their freedom. Wallace and soldiers yell in their own Scottish Gaelic language “Albra gu bra!” which means Scotland forever! This is pathos because the emotion of…show more content…
This appeal is used to reason. When the men know that they are out-numbered they use logic when yelling “Fight against that? No, we will run and we will live.” They know that they will more than likely die if they fight but if they run, they might have a chance. William Wallace reasons “Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live – at least a while”. It is logical that they will have to fight in order to keep their freedom and Wallace states that they might die anyway. This is significant because using logic, the soldiers will be able to rationalize that the decision to fight means that they will possibly keep their freedom. If they run their futures are unknown and they might die anyway, might as well die for their independence. He was successful in portraying to these men that the only choice they have is to
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