we shall fight on the beaches
18 April, 2014 Winston Churchill: An Inspiration “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” is one of the most motivational and inspirational speeches during World War II. The oration begins with Churchill describing on how the war is proceeding and their position in it. Based on the details of the situation, it sounds very grim for them. Churchill, using this to his advantage, creates a higher moral and encourages people that they will win the fight and they will not give up. Churchill accomplishes this using all forms of rhetorical devices such as Pathos, Logos, Ethos, anaphora etc. Instead of merely mentioning that he has a plan of action, he describes in detail what is going to happen so that they can achieve victory. His intention was to give the audience hope and something to look forward to, a brighter future. Winston Churchill, not only an inspirational leader, but an extremely important figure during WWII, has given a speech that may have very well encouraged enough people to take action that they had changed the tide of war. This speech is very well deserving of making the list due to its copious amount of rhetoric devices and the quantity of emotion that has been expressed throughout the speech. In his earlier years, Churchill frequently had to deal with the absence of his parents due to their busy social lives; the only company that he possessed during that time was of his nanny and his younger brother Jack. At twelve years of age, he had the earning to study military tactics at the prestigious Harrow school. From there he had been accepted into Sandhurst and later graduated from that nearly at the top of his class and was given a commission as a cavalry officer. Churchill was given his first leave, but instead of taking a break and relaxing, he decides to take a trip to Cuba to observe Spanish troops down a rebellion. He had used his experiences of war to write 3 books, one of which describes how he was
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