The World's Great Speeches Themes

Lewis Copeland
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Persuasion

Persuasion is a theme seen throughout the book with the vast majority of speeches being used as a means of persuading the audience to a particular way of thinking. A prime example of this theme is seen in Adolf Hitler's speech, as well as others presented during this time frame. Hitler describes his goals in glowing terms but cites a campaign waged by the media of the day as an effort to discredit both his words and his actions. Hitler is obviously swaying his followers to discount the words of the media in favor of what he tells them personally. The same tactic is seen in Mussolini's speech when he addresses his followers. He tells them he does not see an all-out war in their future and promises to avoid that if at all possible. History proves the falsity of his words and it seems very likely that...

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