Importance Of Repetition In A Speech

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Repetition Is the Foundation of Any Effective Speech Throughout history, speeches have been known to change many lives both during the speech’s time and in the modern era. At the foundation of any one of these speeches is the literary element known as repetition. Though repetition is known most commonly for its literal meaning of repeating words, this literary device is much more than that. A speaker’s repetition can cause the listeners to react an abundance of ways ranging from cheering for themselves to becoming violent towards others. Each of the following speeches uses repetition in its own way in order to emotionally affect the audience’s mood.
One of the greatest speakers to employ this repetition ideal is Martin Luther King Jr., and
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Roosevelt’s speech after the pearl harbor attack had a huge effect on America and their opinions on the subject. FDR’s speech brings attention to the attack on pearl harbor as not being something that happened a while ago, but rather “last night” (par. 8-11). These words change the mood of Americans from sad and heartbroken into prideful and ready for war. These words alone caused all of America to unite as one and agree to enter World War II. Had these famous words not been repeated, many Americans would have felt drastically different. Prior to the speech most citizens were afraid of entering the war, and that Japan’s attacks had been about earlier disagreements, however the words “last night” painted the picture. Japan had just attacked the U.S., and it was time for …show more content…
When Wiesel made a speech, he spoke of “indifference” (par 5). He mentions this word frequently throughout the speech. He defines the word and then begins to relate the word to how the countries ignored the issues going on under Hitler’s rule. The word is a reality check for Americans about what is really going on in the world and Wiesel calls out the countries and people for not doing anything. He calls indifference a “punishment” because it’s a feeling of being forgotten or ignored. He wants his audience to understand the pain he went through and that everything wasn’t alright where he was. Without this repetition his speech becomes another basic recapitulation of the Holocaust, however Wiesel decided to allow his audience to feel what he felt. While this use of repetition may not be as well known as others, it is certainly

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