Rhetorical Analysis Of Churchill's Speech

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During the beginning of the second World War, England was struggling to initiate combat. Its government was suffering from inactivity, frustration was building against Prime Minister Chamberlain’s Conservative government, and anxiety about future attacks from the Germans loomed behind the backs of the press and the public. With Chamberlain’s resignation following the Norway Debate, as well as a bitter motion of no confidence from Parliament, Churchill succeeded the position, and needed to act decisively to unite Parliament and pilot the war effort. Gesturing for the House to declare its confidence in the new government, Churchill garnered public support by methodically describing actions taken by the new regime to improve their efforts, by appealing to the British values for Liberty against the forces of tyranny, and by emboldening the new government with strengthened, somber, and firm resolution to actively act against the Axis Powers. Ultimately, using rhetorical appeals of pathos and ethos, as well as some logos, Churchill effectively reaffirms the public and the House in his Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat Speech on May 13, 1940, allowing him to set the stage for his administration, and effectively begin the war against Germany with the all-party wartime coalition government to back him. Throughout his speech, Churchill primarily attempts to garner support from the public by appealing to the pathos of the British House, bolstering the pride, dignity, and values of the
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