Competitive Devices In Abraham Lincoln's Rhetoric

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Lincoln Rhetoric It was a cold morning, occurring during the times of the Civil War, when Lincoln delivered a speech, which powerful, but carefully selected words, would be remembered for many years to come, as the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln's use of repetition devices, such as anaphora and epistrophe, as well as the use of tautology and synchises, to aid in presenting the message that one must continue fighting to ensure the freedom and well being of America. With the repetition of words at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses, Lincoln embeds his words into the audience's minds. Such as in paragraph four, when he states “But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.” The repeated third phrase makes his words powerful due to the connection made with the reader's mind and emphasizes the message of persevering towards the freedom of America. In addition, Lincoln…show more content…
Lincoln writes, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” This sentence creates a coordination of words and importance as it does with the utilization of asyndenton. Synchises is seen again in Lincoln's writing when he states, “The world will little note or long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” This sentence and the use of synchises stresses that the American people must honor the lives that had been lost to preserve America's freedom. The Gettysburg address not only plays with the audience's emotion with the application of repetition devices, such as anaphora and epistrophe, tautology, and synchises, but also creates solemn tone yet passionate tone that encourages American's to remember soldiers lost, and to continue to fight for the freedom of

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