Rhetorical Analysis Of Lincoln 's Speech Essay

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As his Presidential term began for a second time making him President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln faced a country steeped in division and anger as they were still in the midst of a civil war. Lincoln used a myriad of rhetorical strategies in this awe-inspiring speech. Lincoln’s diction, tone, and syntax help to achieve his purpose of uniting the nation. Clearly, we see he is speaking to both the North and South as his audience. He uses such words as: “both, us, we, neither, each” in order to help us understand clearly who his speech is aimed towards. Lincoln’s positive diction creates a feeling of forgiveness by the use of such words as “bind up” and “peace.” Lincoln uses the words “bind up” and “peace” to express the direction in which he hopes the nation will start to go from that point on. A path of healing and reconciliation is what Lincoln wanted for his nation. “Bind up” expresses the emotion of healing not only the personal wounds suffered by the American people, but also the wounds of the nation in it’s entirety. Lincoln also speaks of a “lasting peace,” which he hopes will come upon the nation. After the “binding” of the nation’s wounds, then “lasting peace” will follow, as well as will the unity of the nation signifying the broken bridge that needed restoration. Lincoln encouraged all of the American people to finish up the Civil War and progress as a nation, calling Americans to action with sentences like, “let us strive on to finish the work we are in”…

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