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I beg to differ

Remember, remember, the 19th of November

on November 25, 2013
November 19, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address. We read this short piece in English class and analyzed it using SOAPStone. Personally, I think the speaker is a nationalist, someone who loves the United States of America so much that they want to hold it together by any means. The tone is firm and confident, yet somewhat urgent because they are in the middle of a bloody war. This creates a persona of someone who cares and is committed to getting the job done. The purpose is to convince the audience of skeptics and patriots that the civil war taking place around them should not be fought in vain of those who perished. Instead, the war should end with victory for the Union, including the dissenting states.
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Although bashed at the time for its length, this speech has come to epitomize the phrase, “short and sweet”. It gets clearly to the point, with no fluff or beating around the bush. Every word is there for a reason, whether it be parallelism, flashback, or epistrophe (repitition). Since it’s still being analyzed today by high schoolers around the country, it’s safe to say that this was an effective speech.
I've actually had the chance to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The only word I can use to describe it is...great. Great in size, great in feeling, great in meaning.

I’ve actually had the chance to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The only word I can use to describe it is…great. Great in size, great in feeling, great in meaning.

And the memory lives on.

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