Analysis: The Spanish Armada a Speech by Queen Elizabeth I of England at Tilbury fort – 1588.
This speech is written by Queen Elizabeth of England and was targeted or addressed to the English Army at Tilbury fort. It is a motivational or persuasive speech that aims to heighten soldier morale before the battle and to persuade them to fight for her, in addition it is also to assure them that they will be successful, they will be rewarded and that she will fight alongside them.
Queen Elizabeth opens up her speech with very kind words which are “My loving people”, she does not refer to them as soldiers or men, but is referring to them with a lady like manner in this manlike situation, which can be seen as very endearing or almost appreciative. She continues her speech my talking about how she has placed her trust in the “loyal hearts” and “good-will” of her “subjects”. This phrase shows her superiority and status as Queen as she refers to the soldiers as her “subjects”; however it can also be seen as loving or kind as she praises them at the same time, this once again shows her more feminine or loving side. This can be proven quite effective in her speech as she does not deny the fact that she is a woman and nor does she try and make her speech more masculine, however she is trying to prove that she has the will and the courage of any king. She states this when she uses the antithesis “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king”, by using this contrast and imagery in the phrase she is trying to say that she knows what they are thinking but they don’t know her passion. The fact that she is admitting that she is a “feeble” woman makes it much harder for the soldiers to criticize her and it makes her seem more impressive.
In her speech she uses a variety of rhetorical devices, especially the rule of 3. For example when she says, “to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people”; this is effective...