Essay about Abraham Lincoln 's Gettysburg Address And Pericles ' Funeral

751 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Pericles’ Funeral Oration are two of the most famous speeches every made. Both men honored the dead while at the same time honoring the living, those that came before them and their countries. The speeches are similar in many ways despite the fact that they were delivered almost 2300 years apart. First, both speeches were given to commemorate those that had fallen in battle against their own countrymen. Pericles gave his speech for the Athenian soldiers that had died during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans. Pericles said, “But I should have preferred that, when men’s deeds have been brave, they should be honored in deed only, and with such an honor as this public funeral. Lincoln’s speech came after the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War after many had fallen on both sides. “The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract”.
Additional similarities in the speeches can be found in both man’s language regarding patriotism and pride in their nations. Pericles states, “Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves. Its administration favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy”. Lincoln similarly discusses patriotism and pride by stating, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any other so conceived and so dedicated can…

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