Stylistic Analysis of Barrack Obama´S Presidential Victory Speech

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Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
Faculty of Arts
Department of English and American Studies

Stylistic Analysis of Barrack Obama´s Presidential Victory Speech

Iveta VondrákováNitra 2012
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Introduction ..................................................................................................................... 3 1 Basic characteristics .................................................................................................... 4 1.1 References from the past ............................................................................................ 4 1.2 Use of pronouns .......................................................................................................... 4 1.3 Abbreviations .............................................................................................................. 4 1.4 Sentences ..................................................................................................................... 4 1.5 Parallelism ................................................................................................................... 5 1.6 Repetition .................................................................................................................... 5 1.7 Alliteration .................................................................................................................. 5 1.8 Doublets and Triplets .................................................................................................. 6 2 Individual paragraphs ................................................................................................. 7 Conclusion ..................................................................................................................... 14

Introduction
Rhetoric is the art of discourse that that help speakers or writers to inform, influence, persuade, or motivate their audience in certain situations. Public speaking heavily relies on mastering the art of rhetorics. Public speaking and daily conversation share many similar features. In both of them, the speaker have to address the listener in such way, that he will achieve a desired effect and adapt to the listener´s response; but unlike the daily conversations, public speaking is presented in a highly structured way with a clear and logical arrangement of thoughts and use of a formal language. Public speakers aim at delivering the information to their audience, which is the main evaluator of their success. Thus, they have to pay more attention to their pronunciation, intonation, tone, stress, choice of words, pauses and many other devices that help their speech to achieve a certain goal. Rhetoric skills and the ability to capture and inspire audience has led some to consider the current US President Barrack Obama to be the greatest orator of his generation. "Rhetoric always has the connotations of being about appearances rather than reality but he doesn't sound false. He plays with the patriotic abstractions that allow for a certain kind of rhetorical manoeuvring and fills them with specific concrete examples," says Ekaterina Haskins, professor of rhetoric at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. It is known that Obama in his speeches comes closer to the great American rhetoritians from the past. In his Victory Speech in Chicago 2008 he made refferences to two speakers from the US history - Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln. This paper will analyse, the already mentioned, Victory Speech from the 2008 Presidential Elections by which Barrack Obama addressed the audience in Chicago. First, there will be mentioned some of the basic characteristics of the Speech. Secondly, the each paragraph will be analysed separately and the apparent devices used will be pointed out. The analysis then ends with the conclusion.

1 Basic characteristics
1.1 References from the past
As it was stated before, in this speech Obama used...
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