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Throughout history, men are seen as powerful, strong identities and leaders, very few women have made their mark as an influential being; however, Queen Elizabeth is known as one of the most influential and powerful women in history because of her strong character and leadership and her ability to connect with her audience. In1588 England was caught under a major rivalry with Spain. Queen Elizabeth decided to present a very powerful speech to her troops on the battlefield, with the soul purpose to give them hope and to strengthen their British patriotism. The subject of her speech was to ensure her people that she would not give up on them and would, “…live or die amongst [them].” The powerful message was executed with an informal and motherly tone. Many techniques and certain characteristics helped construct this speech that managed to give courage to thousand of troops. One of the most important techniques that Queen Elizabeth uses in her speech is her swift code switching. Her tone is informal and very colloquial, establishing a strong connection between her and her troops. Her use of language gave a sense of equality and unity. She establishes trust between her audience when she repeatedly uses “we” instead of “you” or “me”, sounding compassionate and selfless, “…but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faith and loving people”. Using Ethos Queen Elizabeth manages to create a strong confident character, one that the audience will easily connect and look up too as a great leader. The moment when Queen Elizabeth presented her speech, many emotions were floating in the air; honor, hope, and courage. The Queen managed to heighten her troops emotions using specific techniques. She starts her speech with, “My loving people,” as a sign of endearment, familiarity and respect. “Honor” ,“worthy” and “noble” are said various times in the speech, emphasizing the importance for her troops to fight for their honor and kingdom. Her confidence stands out during the speech, especially when she threatens anyone who “…should dare to invade the border of [her] realms.” Her confidence shines on every word in her speech inclining her troops to trust and follow her to war. Language can be very powerful and can persuade any crowd using emotions. England is ruled by a monarchy, which is usually run by a man. Queen Elizabeth acknowledges the fact that she is a woman and addresses it in her speech. She admits the fact that on the outside she has a “body of a weak and feeble woman.” , but quickly destroys the objection by declaring that she has the “heart of a king and of a king of England, too.” She knows that it is harder for a army to follow a woman, but because of her use of appeals in her speech she connects with her troops, gives them hope and determination and gains enough trust from them to follow her into battle. Queen Elizabeth has many odds against her favor, her country is under attack and on a threat of invasion, and she is seen as a weak leader because of her gender. Even though all these factors slowly decrease her authority, she dismisses this and triumphs. She breaks through any objectives and strongly presents her speech to her troops. The strong language that she uses helps her shape her character as a leader and a role model. Finally, her troops follow her into battle, giving a blind eye to her gender and just seeing her as a powerful and trustworthy leader.…...

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