Rhetorical Analysis of Men Have Forgotten God by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Rhetorical Analysis of “Men Have Forgotten God” I have recently finished reading “Men Have Forgotten God” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. In his address, Solzhenitsyn discusses the many ways that the world has gradually began to change since its elimination of God. I decided to complete further research about the life of Solzhenitsyn to see if the words I had read were trustworthy and from a Christian standpoint. I also wanted to learn what had inspired Solzhenitsyn to give his address, what his purpose was in giving it, and what audience he had intended it for. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia in 1918 (Grossman). Beginning at the age of ten, Solzhenitsyn had dreams of becoming a writer and getting his …show more content…
From 1939 to 1941, Solzhenitsyn studied at the Institute of History, Philosophy, and Literature in Moscow (“Alexandr Solzhenitsyn-Biographical”). Along with completing further online research, I read through “Men Have Forgotten God” to see if Solzhenitsyn had established any personal credibility. Sure enough, Solzhenitsyn provides the audience with information that enables them to believe he is educated on the given topic. Solzhenitsyn writes, “. . . I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own. . .” (Timmerman and Hettinga 388). This provided me with even more confirmation that Solzhenitsyn was highly educated on the topic. Once I had affirmed that I could rely on the words of Solzhenitsyn, I then read “Men Have Forgotten God” once again to dig deeper into the text to determine who he was initially speaking to. Several times throughout his speech, Solzhenitsyn uses the word “we” when talking to the audience. Since Solzhenitsyn is a Christian, he is referring to the members of the Body of Christ when using the word “we.” The strongest evidence I found in “Men Have Forgotten God” that supports he was speaking to a Christian audience reads, “It is here that we see the dawn of hope: for no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter

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