Rhetorical Analysis Of Gettysburg Address Rhetorical Analysis

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Gettysburg Address Rhetorical Analysis
According to Aristotle, rhetorical transaction consists of three basic components; logos— representing the author 's ability to show reason in the text— ethos—representing the author 's ability to reveal his or her credibility in the text, and pathos—representing the author 's appeal to the audience through the text. These components are present in nearly every famous speech throughout history, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is no different. The Gettysburg Address has examples of the rhetorical transaction that strengthen Lincoln’s point that America was “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”, and the Great Experiment that was America would succeed.
Keeping in mind the incredibly emotion-laden events, the exigence, surrounding the Address, it is no surprise that Lincoln tried to play off and appeal to the emotions of his audience. At two years into a bloody civil war that caused the single biggest American body count in history, the audience was already filled with grief at the devastating loss of so many loved ones. Constraints included having to be careful not to offend his audience by implying anything negative about the war. This situation demanded a rhetorical response to encourage a nation to fight for the sake of those who had already given their lives in pursuit of the noblest of goals, and evoke confidence in his nation’s ability to survive.
Though most of the speech uses small…

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