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What Are The Effects That Winston Churchill Use In His Speech Of Blood


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#1 soso1984

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:30 PM

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What Are The Effects That Winston Churchill Use In His Speech Of Blood, Sweat And Tears?

#2 MrJohnDClare

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:11 AM

Churchill's speech is a famous exmaple of the rhetorical device of 'tricolon' - which you will have learned in your English lessons as the 'rule of three' or 'list of three'.
The obvious example is 'blood, sweat and tears' itself, but you will be able to find other tricolons if you look. This is a device going back to classical times, and relfects Churchill's classical education (he will have studied Roman rhetoric at school).

Another rhetorical device in the speech is repetition (e.g. the word 'victory') - think about why he repeats this word, and the effect he wanted to create.

Another thing to notice is Churchill's manipulation of the 'terms of address' ('we', 'you' etc.) - especially his use of the word 'we'; think about why he does this.

Finally, Churchill was good at 'anticipating questions' - he actually asks the questions that people will be wondering about in his speech - in this way he gets to control the direction of the listeners' thoughts.

Finally, do not forget the speech's CONTENT as well as its rhetorical devices. Churchill was different to many other wartime speakers in that he he welcomed the listener into the reality of the situation (he did not try obvious 'propaganda' as the Nazis did) - if anything, he looked on the black side of things ('blood, sweat and tears'). Far from being negative, this rhetorical technique showed trust in his listeners, and they rose up to warrant that trust ... it increased their desire to fight with him.

#3 lovehist

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:22 AM

Is that more effective in getting the attention of his listeners?

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:05 AM

Yes.
Remember also the context - Britain was losing the war, Churchill had just been appointed new Prime Minister. The speech was actually to the House of Commons, but Chruchill was aware that it would be reported in the newspapers to the country at large.




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