Rhetorical Analysis Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

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Lincoln achieved his purpose when giving the Second Inaugural Address and surprised his audience with it. He used many rhetorical strategies when giving this address. He discusses the difference between the North and South, and how they also compare (Examples: difference is how the North did not have slaves and the South did. Then compared is how both sides saw God the same way). Lincoln talks about the effects of the Civil War and how God is the answer for ending the war and ending slavery. He argues that God is here to help and that everyone ‘pray(s) to the same God.’ Then he discusses how slaves are people and that it is an issue (and what may have caused the war). The North and South side were very different and both sides were comparable, …show more content…
Lincoln says that he has ‘high hope for the future’ (line 10). He said this because he does not want the war to ruin the country. The reason Lincoln gave this address because he wanted to try ‘saving the union without war’ (Line 15-16). He wanted both sides to divide and compromise (which that did not happen). Lincoln argued that in both of the parties, one (the South) of them “would ‘make’ war rather than let the nation survive,” (Line 17-18). While the other party (the North) “would ‘accept’ war then let it perish,” (Line 18-19) and then this is when and why the war happened. Lincoln has very wise words for talking about how the Civil War should end and he gave many effective reasons too. (Even if the address was not that long, he still had very good choice of words and did not really care about what he said. He just said what had to be …show more content…
Both sides did not know that the war would ‘magnitude’ into what it did. Lincoln was not fond of slaves at all. He knew that they were people too and he did not understand people owned people (it was not right at all). So, this address was for saving the Union, but also in that he wanted to have the people let the slaves go. He discusses about how everyone has the same god and he said that is there was an offense then God should help discover the

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