An Analysis of the Gettysburg Address

He quickly links thus concept to the

honoring of the dead that gave their lives for the just cause of preserving the

Union and with it, freedom and liberty. Unlike other orators of his day, he odes

not evoke romantic imagery, he instead lays the responsibility for preserving the

Union with those in the audience, telling them and the nation that those fallen in

the fight for the preservation of the Union will not have died in vain. This aspect

of the Gettysburg address has also been often used in major national events

including the speech given by President Bush and also by Mayor Giuliani during

the speeches they made at Ground Zero in downtown New York (Stow, 195 -

196). Both of these leaders called on the nation to not cower in fear but rise up

and protect the freedoms of the United States against terrorism.

The use of the Gettysburg Address by leader subsequent to its original use

however is not as powerful, not as cogent, and not as blunt as when first

delivered. There are several reasons for this, and the first is the conciseness

and deliberate tone that President Lincoln use (Willis, compared to the

typically more verbose, ephemeral types of speeches given at the dedi



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