Rhetorical Analysis Of Winston Churchill's The Finest Hour

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Winston Churchill is a famous British prime minister. One of his great orations was The Finest Hour, the third of three speeches given during the period of the battle of France. This speech lasted 36 minutes, and is famous for the inspiration he gave to a nation during wartime. He employed ethos or credibility to make his speech believable, pathos meaning emotional appeal to inspire the nation, and logos also known as logical reasoning to reassure the people in his speech making it one that has impacted history greatly. Throughout The Finest Hour by Winston Churchill he continued to ensure the listeners by proving his ethos, credibility. Winston Churchill was a British statesman that served as the prime minister from 1940-1945 and then served…show more content…
Winston Churchill couldn’t motivate a country into war without having some logical reasoning embedded into this speech. He informs his listeners of how much the army has improved, what strategy they will be using, and a very powerful ally that they possess. He does not give any standout statistics through this speech, but they aren’t needed because he does an exceptional job at giving logical reasoning without the need to bring in numbers. “Concerning a large-scale sea invasion, the British Navy is now ready, trained, and capable of meeting it. There should be no difficulty in this, owing to our great superiority at sea", in this excerpt he tells the nation that there is nothing to worry about because we have superiority at sea. This reassures them that the nation’s Navy can handle the attacks in the form of logical reasoning, logos. Winston Churchill employed his use of logos very steadily throughout his speech, constantly giving the logical reasoning of why the listeners needed to participate in defending their country, but also as to why they should be reassured of feeling safe in their homeland. In conclusion, Winston Churchill used all three of orators most powerful devices, ethos, pathos, and logos. He used ethos in The Finest Hour to prove his credibility among the British people. Pathos or emotional appeal was employed in order for him to be able to inspire the people in wartime to take part of what would be known as the nation’s “Finest Hour”. Finally, Winston Churchill used logos, logical reasoning, to reassure the British that they would suffice in the
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