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Winston Churchill- Rhetoric Analysis

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Transcript of Winston Churchill- Rhetoric Analysis

In the middle of a war ...
One man
Must unite a nation...
As prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill assembled the British people during WWII, and led his country from the verge of defeat....... to victory.
In his famous speech:

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
He uses Rhetorical Devices and Persuasive Appeals to make ONE point
Occasion
Winston Churchill's speech 'Blood, Toil, Tears
and Sweat' was given on the 13th of May and the begining of the second World War. The occasion was very formal because Churchill was adressing his speech the population of Britain, the House of Commons and the Government.
Audience
The audience for his speech is clearly stated in the context. His speech is mainly directed to the house of commons, but also to the british population telling them they can count on him.
Purpose
Churchil gave his speech when he was elected Britain's prime minister. He gave this speech to explain to the House of Commons and to Britain what his plans were as the newely elected prime minister. His speech was written just before Britain was about to go to war with Germany, so the puspose of his speech was to give the people hope. As he was just elected, he had to give confidence in his speech so that the people could trust him and have faith in their new leader.
Pathos
Churchill mostly uses emotional appeal to connect with his audience.

His moment came during World War 2 where he used his powers of oratory to assemble and brighten the British nation against the Nazi threat.
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering."
"You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime."
" I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, "come then, let us go forward together with our united strength." "
Repetition
" I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. "
"Let that be realised; no survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal."
He also uses "I hope":
"I hope to complete the appointment of the principal Ministers during to-morrow."
"I hope I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at any length today."
" I hope that any of my friends and colleagues, or former colleagues, who are affected by the political reconstruction, will make allowance, all allowance, for any lack of ceremony with which it has been necessary to act."
Rhetorical Question
"You ask, what is our policy? " and "You ask, what is our aim?"
Slogan
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
About Churchill
Winston Churchill. One of the most famous prime ministers in British history. Despite this, people did not know he had a fear of public speaking and had no university education at one point of time. Churchill had to draft most of his speeches himself to avoid many of the patterns that he found difficult. He would spend weeks contructing his speeches, perfecting them and to come up with a style that is unique. His style was not so much of ethos nor logos, but rather of pathos. Why? So that the people could feel pride for their country and hate toward what was happening.
The effectiveness of rhetoric in his speech
His point was to communicate that..
We will find
VICTORY
THROUGH UNITY
Churchill is known for being an excellent speaker. His speeches to the people in times of need are always inspiring and simply delivered so that they are understandable for all his audience. The use of rhetorical questions really helps make his speech more persuasive because his questions actually get the people thinking about the answer. His amazing use of rhetorical devices in his speech is very inspiring since it motivates the people. His use of rhetoric is storng, he uses emotions to see Hitler destroyed. It is, in fact, his brilliant usage of rhetorical devices that make his speeches very inspiring and worth remembering years after his death.
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