Queen Elizabeth Rhetorical Analysis

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In a short, yet compelling speech to her troops, Queen Elizabeth I uses strong imagery and only five complex sentences in order to encourage her troops to be prepared for battle with Spain. In a sense, Queen Elizabeth’s speech is a pep rally for battle. With consistent flattery a strong sense of patriotism, the Queen is successful in rallying her audience, and instilling a strong sense of patriotism. To open her speech, Queen Elizabeth immediately praises her audience by addressing them as her “loving people.” She is elevating her audience’s mood before delivering the bad news about them imminent battle. Queen Elizabeth goes on to say that she does not plan on backing down from battle, “I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.” Next, Queen Elizabeth tells her troops that they aren’t alone in this fight, “therefore I am come amongst you, as you see.” The Queen is assuring her troops that she plans on completely fulfilling her duties as a monarch. The Queen extends upon her desire to assist in combat by saying, “to live or die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.” The queen is attempting to dispel rumors that she is not an effective ruler because she is a woman. The Queen quickly refutes the fact that she cannot fight, because of her gender. She said “but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” In this statement, the queen instills yet more patriotism into her audience with an “If I could do it so could you!” type of attitude. Simultaneously, Queen Elizabeth reminds her people that she is the Queen, and cannot be intimidated. After the Queen has gotten her point across—for her troops to be inspired to fight in combat and defend the countries honor, she stops speaking to her troops directly, and is becomes more serious while

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