Ferdinand Marcos Speech Analysis

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Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (Ferdinand Marcos) was born on 11th of September 1917 in Sarrat, Philippines and died on the 28th of September 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a Philippine lawyer and politician, and the Philippine President from 1966 to 1986. He was known for establishing a corrupt, undemocratic authoritarian regime.

Marcos went to school in Manila and attended law school at the University of the Philippines in the late 1930s. His father, Mariano Marcos, was a Filipino politician. On 20th of September 1935 Julio Nalundasan was elected against Mariano Marcos for a seat in the National Assembly for the second time. Nalundasan was murdered in his home. Ferdinand and Mariano, Ferdinand’s brother and brother-in-law, were tried for the
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This speech was composed of messages towards his people claiming the standard of ‘greatness’ not only to himself but also to his people. Marcos used of rhetorical devices had help him to convince his people about this idea. Rhetorical devices such as anaphora, alliteration, rhetorical question, metonymy and hyperbole were used in his speech. The intensity of Marcos’ speech was built through gallant statements and anaphoric repetition. Every repetition constructs on the one before and strengthened by Ferdinand Marcos’ increasing passion. For example, “By your mandate”, brought ideas about how Marcos connects with and asked for his people’s permission for making the Philippines a better nation. He used inclusive language to express that he includes his people, not only his dream but also his people’s. Examples of this were “It is our nation.” and “We are in crisis.” Marcos also used hyperbole “I have heard the cries of thousands and clasped hands in brotherhood with millions of you.” for example, to let his people know that he listen and he understand the grieve they had. These were the ways he approached his people with the sense of nationalism, reminding them that similar to their ancestors, they could also achieve heroism by considering and living the principled culture of a useful
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