In Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Charmichael suggests, “Greatness in a speech, like greatness in men, or in events, is usually recognized only when seen through the haze of distance which the passing years bring” (67-68). It is often only in retrospect that great speeches are recognized as just that. Though the "Gettysburg Address" is already commonly—and quite deservedly—held in high regard, the analysis of its rhetorical proofs will only speak further to its importance.
Although the situation was itself emotional, Lincoln did appeal to the audience’s emotion in his address. At two years into the war that caused the greatest number of American servicemen deaths (more than the world wars and the Vietnam War combined), the audience was already filled with grief—perhaps even anger—at the devastating loss of so many people. They were perhaps weary of this long and trying war. Lincoln first acknowledges this emotional state by referencing the difficulty even a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” might have in enduring ...
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... logos is an evidence of Lincoln’s persuasiveness. And unlike some of the rhetoric that we see every day in which we must search for the three proofs, they can be easily identified and analyzed in Lincoln’s address. Though his original audience was limited to those gathered on the battlefield at Gettysburg that day in 1863 and though Lincoln predicted that no one would remember his simple address, the "Gettysburg Address" remains one of the most powerful speeches in history.
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Crowley, Sharon, and Debra Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2004.
Kunhardt, Philip Jr. A New Birth of Freedom: Lincoln at Gettysburg. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address, at Gettysburg, PA. 19 Nov. 1863.
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