Unity In The Gettysburg Address

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The speakers of three famous historical speeches, The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, Funeral Oration by Pericles, and the St. Crispin's Day Speech from Henry V by Shakespeare, all demonstrate great qualities of leadership in their writing, including elements of unity, responsibility, and vision. With these traits, these speakers hold great influence over their audiences, which allow them to convincingly deliver their messages. A leader who can actively create and support a sense of unity with an audience often benefits from greater consensus between members and a more motivated audience. These three speakers are no strangers to unity, with all three creatively combining this aspect in their speeches. Lincoln drives for this goal of unity in his Gettysburg Address. He often uses pronouns that convey a sense of unanimity, such as the repeated uses of “we” or…show more content…
By creating this sense of unity, Lincoln establishes an identity among the people, one of the American people, who are brought together. Pericles also demonstrates this in his Funeral Oration, emphasizing the positive aspects of Athenians with inclusive pronouns while casting negative light onto others. This is best illustrated when Pericles says “We are capable at the same time of taking risks and of estimating them beforehand. Others are brave out of ignorance.” Being a state sponsored speech, the oration may have been intentionally presented a positive light onto Athenians while degrading
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