The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln Appeals to the Emotions of His Audience

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Throughout the entirety of The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln uses a somber tone to appeal to the emotions of his audience. In the third paragraph of Lincoln's speech he spoke these words, "It is rather for us to be here...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion." Lincoln's choice of diction compliments his somberiety to make for a responsive and sympathetic ode to the fallen soldiers. Not only was Lincoln speaking to his collegues and associates, he spoke into the hearts and minds of the fallen soldiers' family and friends. In the first paragrph Lincoln states, "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live." Lincoln's solemn rememberance of the fallen soldiers helps the audience realize what their nation's differences have resulted to. He might have believed it was fitting to respectfully address his broad audience to ensure that the speech was one that left a lasting impression on it listeners. Lincoln felt that these words were not only appropriate for the occasion, but satisfactory to making his audience understand the purpose of his speech.

In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's primary goal was to persuade the American people that the souls of the fallen soldiers should not die in vain. Lincoln states, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Lincoln makes it understood that the soldiers that fought and died in the Battle of Gettysburg did so so that our country would one day be together again. Although he respectfully remembers the fallen soldiers for what they tried to accomplish, Lincoln also asks that we be dedicated to making our country united again. "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...that...
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