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In your responses, find a student who chose a different essay than yours. Do you agree with your classmate’s interpretation of that essay? Did your classmate pick out the correct thesis statement/claim? Your goal in your responses is to help your classmate strengthen his/her interpretation of the author's approach to his/her subject matter.
The Gettysburg Address
“Four score and seven years ago” is a common quote in today’s modern history, but do people know what it means? In 1863 President Lincoln dedicated the Soldier’s National Cemetery to the thousands of Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. The purpose of his speech was to talk about how the soldiers who gave their lives for their country were essentially worth more than just a dedication of a cemetery, and that their sacrifices will long outweigh any speech he could give. He also states how we as a people should put effort, so they did not die in vain.
During the address, President Lincoln speaks about how everyone has come together to dedicate this land to the soldiers of the Civil War, but that they are worth more than a plot of land. He says, “These brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract”. Lincoln is implying that the dead are worth more than what their lives are given for. He is expressing emotion to the audience by speaking of those who fought bravely in combat have given their lives, so that others may live.
Lincoln also addresses the logos by projecting how we as a nation should put forth the effort to the cause that the soldiers lost their lives for, so not to let them go in vain. He states, “… that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people by the people, for the people…”. He is placing responsibility on himself and his nation to come together to create a greater nation for everyone.
While President Lincoln did address the pathos and logos structures, he did not necessarily make any points to lead toward the persuasion of ethos. Generally, when a person uses the ethos method of persuasion, they are appealing to their credibility for the public. However, Lincoln does not necessarily use his platform for this speech to give any sort of promises, demands or responsibilities aside from implying that the nation as a whole will need to come together to be better.
Abraham Lincoln’s address would be considered an organized and logical structure, by showing his dedication, devotion, and leadership to his country and to those who serve under him with his speech. His speech was intended to bring the nation together during war to dedicate this small space to those who lost their lives, even they deserve more.
“Transcript of Gettysburg Address (1863).” Our Documents - Transcript of Gettysburg Address (1863), www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc;=36&pag...;.
I believe that there were multiple purposes for Dr. Martin Luther King's speech. One, I believe he was trying to inspire hope among African-Americans, hope that one day, African-Americans would be seen as an equal member of society. This was a time of racial tension and injustice. Many, not believing change was possible, that their children and grandchildren would grow up living the same nightmare they had to live in. Second, I believe this speech was a line drawn in the sand. In his speech, Dr. King speaks of an urgency for equal rights. He eludes to radical change being needed now and not gradually. That there will be "neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights." (King par. 7). However, drawing this line, he also mentions peace. I believe he was also advising African-Americans that creating more violence is not the answer, and whether there is change or not, nothing will change if there is more violence.
I do not believe there is an explicit thesis statement, however, in the first two paragraphs he claims that African-Americans where given hope that the Emancipation proclamation would free them. A hundred years later, African-Americans were not free and still struggling with inequality. His writing style I would say is very creative. It is a very descriptive piece that really dramatizes what is happening. His wording is so colorful, I feel that it proves his point. His style sheds light to the injustices and inspire people around the nation and bringing everybody together.
Dr. King used ethos by showing the strength to keep peace an overall theme in his speech. Its easy to call for retaliation, easy to incite violence in response to violence. Its takes character and credibility to create hope out of suffrage by remaining peaceful in the face of hate. Towards the end of the speech, he begins to speak on his dreams where his children and children of American can unite and be friends together. With this, I believe he is demonstrating pathos, evoking the emotions of every family around America that there is hope for their children. Lastly, I feel he demonstrates logos when describes the injustices that are actually happening. From police brutality, whites only amenities and voting rights. He claims that the injustices are unacceptable and should not be satisfied until they are ratified. This demonstrates logic and reason because these were real events happening to real people who did nothing wrong, very logical to think that this is unacceptable.
King, Martin Luther Jr. "I Have A Dream." www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.h....
The Gettysburg speech was delivered on November 19, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln to honor those who were killed during the American civil war. The purpose of Lincoln’s speech was to dedicate a land in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to soldiers which is now the Soldier’s National Cemetery to honor the fallen soldiers and that their fight and death did not go in vain. He also expresses that actions are more important than words. He therefore continued to inspire others to fight for the country. Although his speech was to dedicate a land to honor soldiers, he argues that the founder’s dedication to the proposition ‘’that all men are created equal’’ (Lincoln).
The speech was well organized and structured. He began the speech with a great hook to get the audience’ attention (four score and seven years ago… all men are created equal). Then, he began to hit his points by showing his gratitude then urging us to honor and serve the nation. The logic behind the speech clearly explains the important content of the speech at a great reason for the season (location and timing). Lincoln uses more ethos, pathos and a bit of logos in his speech to make his statements.
To have a great speech, one has to have a good hook, know their audience and be able to draw them in, have a great conclusion, a call to action and a last thing. His speech followed this outline which made the introduction/ hook strong and was able to draw the audience in by honoring the fallen soldiers himself so that, the audience can follow his lead.
In the conclusion of the speech, Lincoln had a call to action which was powerful to entreat his audience to continue to honor the fallen and the living soldiers and ‘’that the nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth’’ (Lincoln).
Lincoln, Abraham. Ourdocuments.gov. 19 November 1863. 13 October 2018
I chose Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” from “Historical American Work” as my supplemental reading. The purpose for his address to the people at Gettysburg was not only to honor the fallen men and women who died fighting for freedom for all but to motivate and pull together a country that was torn apart by the most violent war on America’s soil, a brother verse brother fights to the death over human rights, religion, and economic change. Abraham Lincoln was pulling his nation back together, one that would be bound by the same laws, principles, and values to make a strong and everlasting foundation to build on for the future generations. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal” (Lincoln, Abraham, Gettysburg, PA 1863). The structure of the reading is simple because he was giving a speech to the people at Gettysburg which is organized and set up with a purpose to flow and make it easy to read and easy for the listeners to hear and understand. His famous speech was given in the year 1863, so the language and grammar used is different than today’s common tongue but still understandable and am to receive the message. The style of reading of course is a speech. He did not speak down to the people nor use language they would not understand. The author hooks are also simple in this read, just go back in time and place yourself in the shoes of someone in the crowd listening to him give his speech during such a hard time would captivate anyone. This speech has only strength with no weaknesses. I know my opinion about his speech seems very one sided by that is just how I feel as the reader. Abraham Lincoln used Ethos when he talked about the nation using things all people can relate to. Abraham Lincoln used Pathos when he discussed the hardships America has faced and overcome. Abraham Lincoln used Logos when he said all men should be created equal. In conclusion I feel that Abraham Lincoln reach all people in his speech not only with the words he used but the emotion and pureness behind each word. A man that truly loved his country and spoken it with honesty from the heart. All in all, the speech was well written and an easy read but detailed enough to grab the reader with intense interest
I chose to examine Elie Wiesel’s speech ‘The Perils of Indifference’ for this assignment. The speech is a reflection on the twentieth century by a holocaust survivor. I could not locate an explicit thesis statement in the speech. According to Wiesel, discovering the true nature of indifference is "one of the most important lessons [of the last century's] wide-ranging experiments in good and evil." The speech does not seem to have a tightly wound structure. The introduction and conclusion both refer to the speaker’s childhood and the body of the speech defines seeks to describe the characteristics and consequences of indifference. The informal tone and conversational style is appropriate for a personal reflection and does not detract from the speech
Elie’s speech contains ethos, pathos, and logos to varying degrees. He establishes credibility with ethos by sharing with the audience his own personal history with indifference. While his experience is not a guarantee of a correct interpretation of events, it does provide him with a unique perspective since he has seen the results of indifference firsthand. Elie uses pathos to connect with the audience by sharing recollections of the people he encountered in the concentration camp. The mystified questioning of political leaders also grabs his listener’s attention. Finally, Elie appeals to logos by supporting his conclusions on the nature of indifference with well-reasoned statements.
Wiesl, Elie The Perils of Indifference. The History Place
www.historyplace.com/speeches/wiesel.htm Accessed 10 October 2018
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