Mandela 's Speech : African Strength And Hope Essay

1246 Words Oct 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Mandela, the first official president of South Africa, speaks to a country which has suffered apartheid and turns a new leaf toward democracy. In this celebratory event, Mandela uses parallel structure, pathos, inductive reasoning, and other rhetorical devices to aid his speech to give South African strength and hope, commemorates the nation’s route to democracy, and to show gratitude to the contributors to the democracy.
For example, Mandela commemorates the nation’s route to democracy through inductive reasoning, metaphor, and pathos. Using inductive reasoning, Mandela shows the South Africans’ contribution to democratic nation. Mandela states that they have pledged “to liberate…people…from the continuing bondage of poverty… [they] succeeded to take…the last steps to freedom…and [they] commit to the construction of a just and lasting peace.” Then Mandela addresses the overall effect of these actions the people of South African have done. The way Mandela uses inductive reasoning in this speech highlights the major achievement the South Africans have done beneath the smaller and more numerous actions. Here, Mandela emphasizes the South Africans personal progress in the growing democratic nation. Additionally, Mandela uses metaphor to show the South African people the dramatic change their government has made. Mandela comments that the “national mood changes as the season change” and that the South Africans “are moved with a sense of joy when that grass turns green and the…

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