Stylistic Devices In Lincoln's Second Inaugural Speech

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3.1. Stylistic peculiarities of metaphors in the speech
As it was mentioned previously, metaphor is the most frequent stylistic device in politicians’ speeches which has the main purpose – to convince the audience. Barack Obama’s speech is a perfect example of using metaphors in order to persuade and achieve the particular goals.
He have used several metaphors of family. The main idea of this metaphor is that people must save the country and the peace which inherited from the ancestry. The president shows that he really cares the U.S history and the heritage of the ancestry. With this metaphor the president shows that America is one big and strong family and it is worth to
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It refers to the times when Americans have fought for the liberty and against slavery.
(10) Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.
In one long sentence Barack Obama mentioned Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall that alludes to The First Women’s-Rights Convention (1848). Moreover, in the same utterance he alluded to the King, “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963. Barack Obama mentioned his name and emphasised the freedom that was really important for the King.
(11) We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone, to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
To sum up, Barack Obama used allusions to the American history and the famous people’s and politicians speeches and the audience could easily to connect the
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