Gettysburg Speech Rhetorical Analysis

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Change Politics is influenced and impacted by countless factors. Each day brings along a new set of circumstances for leaders to navigate while trying to achieve their desired ends and effect change. One of the most powerful tools in a leader’s arsenal to help him implement change is the art of public speaking. According to H. Mark Roelofs, “rhetoric, in its broadest political sense, is the content of that whole legitimization process by which the license to power is obtained” (403). Through a cleverly crafted and psychologically masterminded speech, an orator can influence the political climate and bring about change in myriad ways: he can subtly re-shape his audience’s views; declare war and initiate peace; inspire confidence or sow the seeds…show more content…
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