General Douglas MacArthur. M. Stites AP English By: Jake Donnelly. Duty, Honor, Country. Overview. Introduction to the Speaker…………………………(3) USMA Graduation (occasion)………………………(4) USMA class of 1962 (audience)……………….........(5) Purpose of the speech………………………...……..(6)
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General Douglas MacArthur
M. Stites AP English
By: Jake Donnelly
Duty, Honor, Country
General Douglas MacArthur has a very unique military background. Some of the more important conflicts he has served in are:
General Douglas served as General of the Army and Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces during the second World War. Some of his awards and decorations are:
The Purpose of his speech was:
“Duty, Honor, Country”
The subject of this speech is clearly “Duty, Honor, Country
“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”
Ethos: General Douglas had automatic ethos for being one of the most decorated military leaders of all time. He also builds on his automatic ethos early by saying, “Coming from a profession I have served so long…”
Logos: “We deal now, not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier”. In this sentence General Douglas uses logos to make known the fact that technologically we are moving forward and that there are endless frontiers waiting to be explored.
Posing a question to give a more clear answer
Repetition: repetition was another very commonly used rhetorical strategy in this speech. Some examples include:
“Duty, Honor, Country” (repeated 8 times)
“All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small…” Repetition is used again in the form of anaphora as he repeats the words “all other” three times at the beginning of each successive clause.
Epizeuxis: (In rhetoric, an epizeuxis is the repetition of a word or phrase in immediate succession, for vehemence or emphasis.)
“Today marks my final roll call with you. But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps, and the corps, and the corps.”
Simile: (a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind)
“Nation's war guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle.”