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The Gettysburg Address

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Luis Ayala

on 2 April 2014

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Transcript of The Gettysburg Address

The rhetoric of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"
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Most Important Appeal
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After the battle ended, On November 19,1863 the speech was given and was named "The Gettysburg Address"
The union soldiers in the Gettysburg that were fighting to preserve the union.
Abraham Lincoln was trying to persuade his audience to also contribute to fight and preserve America's freedom.
Abraham Lincoln,16th President,was a man of humble origins. He served as a president during the most tragic periods of American history.
Abraham Lincoln gives "The Gettysburg Address" in a first person way in order to suggest to his audience that not only the soldiers but he as well is fighting to preserve America's freedom. As Lincoln is telling his audience that nobody will acknowledge what the Union soldiers have done during the civil war he states, " It is for us the living, to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced"(Lincoln 522). Lincoln is describing to his audience that it is their and his job to finish fighting for the American freedom that the Union soldier began fighting for. Because Lincoln not says that it is not only the soldiers nor the citizens but also his job to keep fighting for freedom, suggests that audience can trust his authority.
The intended audience for Abraham Lincoln's speech was for the whole American nation. Abraham Lincoln expresses his feelings towards the results of the war and then states, "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored men we take increased devotion"(522). Lincoln refers to Americans because he too is American and feels honor seeing all the bodies lost fighting for his nation. Abraham Lincoln speaks in first person point of view suggesting that he is also one like the rest of the American society. Moreover, Lincoln suggests to the American nation to continue the fight in honor of the American soldiers who fought at war.

In his speech, "Gettysburg Address", Lincoln appeals to logos by emphasizing on the importance of honoring those who fought in the war for freedom. Lincoln states ," Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" (544). Lincoln explains how America could not be consecrated without those men who fought in the war. He then says that " these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation,under God,shall have a new birth of freedom...for the people,shall not perish from earth (544). Lincoln uses logic and reasoning to explain how liberty and equality are worth fighting for ,therefore it's the peoples duty to preserve it since those men died in honor for their countries freedom.
In "The Gettysburg Address," Lincoln's most effective appeal is ethos because he does not only tell his audience that it is their duty, but states that it is h to help fight for America's freedom. Throughout his speech Lincoln uses words like "us" and "we" to suggest that not only because he is president he does not need to fight for freedom. Lincoln tells his audience that it is their, including himself, to finish what the union soldiers had started. Because Lincoln uses words like "we" and "us" he shows his creditbility
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The speech is about not letting the soldiers be in vain and fighting for Americans freedom
Abraham Lincoln uses an acknowledgeable tone to persuade his audience to contribute to fighting for Americans freedom.
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