Springfield, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln delivered his concerns about America and the choices the country was making as a whole. It was January of 1838 and Lincoln was just twenty eight years old, but he was ready to address the serious issues within our government. Throughout the speech Lincoln expresses his main concern as the fall of the nation. He speaks about how it is unlikely that America would be killed by external forces but that it could eventually destroy itself from within. He warns that there are vicious people in the world who could do such a thing, and refers to mob crimes as one example of many. Lincoln better supports his argument that there needs to be a constitutional republic using literary devices such as metaphors …show more content…
An example of this would be when Lincoln states “They were the pillars of the temple of liberty” (Lincoln n.pag.). Lincoln is directly comparing the people to pillars of the temple of liberty without using like or as, which is what makes it a metaphor. This metaphor greatly strengthens his argument. Without comparing the people to the pillars, he would have had a harder time trying to explain his main idea. By comparing the two Lincoln is saying that the founding fathers created a solid political system. However, he is also saying that it does not work because not everyone is respecting it. By saying this Lincoln emphasizes the fact that the Founding Fathers have created a good system and that it is the people who are beginning to destroy it. Without this metaphor the way Lincoln felt about the founding fathers would not have been as clear. In addition to this, Lincoln …show more content…
An example of this would be when he rhetorically questions,“Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow?” (Lincoln n.pag.) Asking this question has great effects because of the way he asked it. “This field of glory is harvested, and the crop is already appropriated” (Lincoln n.pag.). By saying this, Lincoln is explaining that it is not hard for mobs to reach their goals because all they need is a plan and their success is already there waiting for them. This is due to the fact that no one would say anything when someone else would break the law. In order to change this, Lincon was saying that as a nation we needed to take action. Imagery adds emphasis to President Lincoln's ideas because of the way his examples portray his
Abraham Lincoln speaks from a slightly different perspective in Document I: “Our States have
In President Lincoln's speech, metaphors, and pathos are used in order to persuade and make a connection with the audience. Throughout this speech, it is noticeable that the metaphors that were used in Lincoln's speech demonstrated that the nations attention was "absorbed" showing exaggeration in order for the audience to really understands the seriousness of what he is trying to portray. The audience is swayed by many of the god related metaphors, he uses God in his speech to gain the audiences trust. According to Lincoln "if God wills" "every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid" this metaphor demonstrates vengeance by the power of God and.
American Civil War historian, James M. McPherson, in his essay How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphors, argues that if the Union and the Confederacy had exchanged presidents the Confederacy might have won the war. He supports his claim by comparing and contrasting Jefferson Davis’s lack of ability to communicate in an uplifting fashion to Abraham Lincoln’s use of figurative language, especially his metaphors that have the persuasive power of concreteness and clarity which everyone understands and by providing numerous examples of Lincolns metaphors. McPherson’s purpose is to demonstrate how Lincoln was a powerful leader due to his ability to communicate in an inspiring way and appeal to the peoples’ emotions through his use of figurative language
He asked his listeners if the nation was to become endangered, would it sprout from overseas or from within the nation. He was referring to the mobs and others going against the laws of the nation. In the Lyceum Address, Lincoln went on to say that if danger “ever reach us it must spring up amongst us,” and that “we must ourselves be its author and finisher”. He thought that “as a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide”. Lincoln believed that if the nation continued on its destructive path by ignoring the rule of law, the nation in return would destroy itself.
Booker T. Washington and Audre Lorde, what do these individuals have in common? Undoubtedly it is easy to see that these individuals are both African American, they both write, and they both are considered powerful American icons. Beyond that, though, Washington and Lorde don’t have much in common. They weren’t related in gene of their works, both were motivated to write for different reasons, and their styles of articulating are different as well. Although Washington and Lorde may have many differences they do have similarities on how they build their case in writing pieces.
President Abraham Lincoln, in his inaugural address, addresses the topic of the civil war and its effects on the nation and argues that America could be unified once more. He supports his claim by using massive amounts of parallel structure and strong word choice. Lincoln ‘s purpose is to contemplate the effects of the civil war in order to unite the broken America once again. He adopts a very hopeful tone for his audience, the readers of the inaugural address and others interested in the topic of American history and the civil war.
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address Rhetorical Analysis The purpose of this speech is detailed in the time period. This speech was written/spoken at the end of the American Civil war. It is President Lincoln’s way of putting a tentative end to the war and a start to the recovery period. He is still oppressing the south in his diction when he states “Both parties deprecated war: but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish.
During the history of the United States there have been very respectable speakers Martin Luther King Jr. John F. Kennedy but perhaps no greater leader in American history came to addressing the country like Abraham Lincoln. In his Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln gave a short speech concerning the effect of the Civil War and his own personal vision for the future of the nation. In this speech Lincoln uses many different rhetorical strategies to convey his views of the Civil War to his audience.
It is seen clearly in his word choice that Lincoln calls for a lasting and fair peace, but not only between the North and South. He also calls the American people to apply this concept of peace with other countries and in foreign policy. Throughout his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln employs a variety of rhetorical strategies to promote unity between Americans. As Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
It would be more than difficult not to read Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address without some sense of pride or honor for one’s own country. He brings about a call to civility among all citizens striving for unity and harmony with one another. Lincoln understood the dilemma that slavery became for not only the Northerners attempting to abolish the practice entirely, but also for the Southerners perpetuating it in the first place. The fact that there was a faction rising in favor of slavery on a scale that would divide the country indefinitely and that Lincoln foresaw this danger demonstrates the level of prudence he was able to acquire up until his presidency. In this address, Lincoln stressed the importance of the nation staying unified and true to the principles set by
Lincoln also uses the rhetorical device, personification, during the the beginning of the speech when he talks about the founding fathers. “ Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty…”(464). In the excerpt, Lincoln is discussing the past and how it relates to America after the Civil War. Lincoln also uses personification later in his speech when he talks about the world.
In the two writings The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions, by Abraham Lincoln and Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr.; each author explores the complications of their society when they lived and how they view the laws present. For the two writings, the authors explore the levels of ability the people of America have to change laws that they do not see fit for their democracy. In the First Amendment of the Constitution, the people are given the right to petition their government if they feel their rights are being compromised, while also reserving the right to assemble to show their unhappiness with the law or laws created. Each one of these men does not embody the same ideals, causing a conflict of thoughts on how Americans should be allowed to petition their government. The same could be asked about how the government is required to act when they are being petitioned.
He doesn’t want to dwell on the future, but work on the present. He wants to conduct change and orchestrate harmony among the states. Also, especially, from paragraph 2, Abraham Lincoln starts using the pronoun “all” and, different forms of it, more often to highlight the inclusiveness of the aggregation, North & South, and to make everyone, including himself, on equal ground. This is to bring a sense of unity and appeal to reason. By bringing a sense of unity, he tries to achieve peace and ease in the tension.
Lincoln makes a reference to our founding fathers at the start of his speech to remind his audience of how our nation started. Giving a description of the origin of our country depicts the purpose of America's existence. A place that was once united against one cause has become a place that is divided and against each other. Lincoln also states, "that all men are created equal" in the same area he mentions the founding fathers to position his opinion on