Rhetorical Analysis Of John Locke's Gettysburg Address

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In America during the Civil war, people were killing their own brothers based on their allegiance. Everybody during that time did not believe the effects it may have after the war was over. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States knew about these effects, though the work of John Locke goals of democracy. Lincoln Speech “Gettysburg Address” not only gives hope to the union soldiers but, something much more. Through the speech, Lincoln believes that if the Union loses the war against the Confederates they will not be given a democratic government and through this all countries will be lost regardless if established now or later because of John Locke’s ideas of democracy through the use of imagery, symbolism and antithesis. One …show more content…
In the speech he states “ The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here(1).” This shows us the world will not remember what is being said here but will instead remember their actions and what they did here throughout history. This is very important as John Locke believes that a government power should come from the people through their actions or words. Throughout this war people’s actions were being recognized as it helped the union end the war, which allows the government to be in a position where it can not only lead their people but be a model for everybody else to see throughout the world which creates other events. Another piece of evidence from the speech is “... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.(1).” This line shows us that the people who created the government will not perish because without the people the government can not function and will cause the downfall of their democratic government. This is very key because without the government the country will fall and will be of no existence later on and will cause major change to other parts of the world that is demonstrated after the civil war and before this war even started. Even though, antithesis uses ideas that are different Lincoln used it to get his message across even stronger than

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