Rhetorical Analysis Of Robespierre

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Adam Michnik, a Polish historian believed that “After the French Revolution, it was not the treason of the king that was in question; it was the existence of the king. You have to be very careful when you judge and execute somebody for being a symbol.” When the colonists declared war on Britain in 1776, they promoted “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Declaration of Independence par. 2).” When the citizens of France and the Third Estate became weary of the tyranny and despotism of King Louis XVI, they revolted in an attempt to gain freedom and stabilize the shattered government of France based on the same ideas as the colonists. However, what started as an attempt to earn their liberty, ended with a massacre of the bourgeoisie …show more content…
As a politician and lawyer of the old French Republic, Robespierre appeals to ethos because he is trustworthy and has led the citizens after the collapse of the National Assembly and the formation of the National Convention (Axelrod and Charles par. 2). In addition, the ability to give the French people what they want, which includes freedom, security, and welfare, allows Robespierre to instill a sense of rebellion in the French people that are craving for a liberal leader. Peter Hanns Reill and Ellen Judy Wilson agree that Robespierre represents a sense of enlightenment during the Reign of …show more content…
25). By organizing his speech to appeal to the people of the French Republic, Robespierre ultimately becomes a citizen in his speech who wants to liberate the French Republic. Hence, this makes Robespierre’s speech more effective and allows the people to trust him because they have the same perspective as

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