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King George VI
Transcript of King George VI
Address to the Nation
King George VI
King of Great Britain in 1939
The occasion is Great Britain declaring war on Nazi Germany after the invasion of Poland.
The citizens of Great Britain
4 Literary Devices
"... then with God's help, we shall Prevail. May He bless and keep us all."
- Allusion to Religion
"For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war."
- Allusion to World War I
"... is surely the mere primitive doctrine that
might is right"
To state his reasons for going to war
To plead for his people to stay strong and united
To provide hope and faith for his people
To spark a reaction in the people of Great Britain to support this declaration of war
King George establishes Ethos just by being the monarch of Great Britain.
King George also surprises the people of Great Britain by speaking fluently, as he was known for his stutter. His fluency in delivering such a grave message establishes his credibility while he delivers the speech.
Accusatory (towards Germany)
The subject is the British entrance to World War II, and the effect it would have on the nation and the world.
King George states that the security of freedom and liberty themselves are threatened, which frightens people into believing the declaration of war is just.
King George states that other strong independent nations have fallen and logically Great Britain will be next if no action is taken place.
King George states that the German cause, "if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world," which further scares people into supporting the declaration of war because of his statement Germany threatens civilized life as they know it.
"There may be dark days ahead..."
Dark days is a symbol for the coming trouble of the war.
"...spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself."
King George used the simile to establish a personal connection with the people of Great Britain.