Essay on Analysis of a Motivational Speech by Queen Elizabeth I

1038 Words Oct 17th, 1999 5 Pages
The human desires of greed, wealth, and power have been embedded into the world's history as political figures have led invasions of other countries countless numbers of times. Whether invaded or being invaded, a country requires strong and capable leaders to see them through this difficult time. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I of England gave a motivational speech to her troops using the rhetorical devices of diction, imagery, and sentence structure to motivate her subjects positively and to instill the fear of the pending invasion in their hearts.
<br>The queen uses positive diction, sentence structure, and imagery in her effort to motivate her people to defend their country from their Spanish invaders. She uses diction to praise and
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The subjects thus feel more warmly towards her and towards the battle for their country. The queen also implements the use of diction when she describes her "scorn" for anyone who dares to invade her country. Her "scorn" reflects her pride for her kingdom, and therefore calls upon her subjects to feel the same pride and loyalty she feels. Queen Elizabeth uses sentence structure as well to motivate her people. She repeats the phrase "my God, my kingdom, and my people." Its repetition and use reiterates what her people must strive to protect from the invaders. It also appeals to the religion, pride, and loyalty of her subjects, further connecting the strength of their interests to the threat of the invasion and the importance of fighting the invaders. It also reminds them of what they will lose if they fail, thus encouraging the troops to fight fiercely. The queen also uses imagery to instill fear in the hearts of her subjects. She says, "I myself will take up arms." This phrase creates an image of the queen actually picking up a weapon and marching into battle with her troops. The importance of this image is that it encourages the troops to pledge their loyalty to their queen who seems willing to fight alongside them. The queen also scorns those who "dare to invade the boarders of my [the queen's] realm." This creates an image of the pending invasion in the minds of her people. With a vivid portrait of the

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