Monday, March 29, 2010

Lincoln vs. Pericles

1. Gettysburg Address

a. Why?

i. The American civil war

ii. Union armies defeated Confederates at the battle of Gettysburg.

2. Funeral Speech

a. Why?

i. Pericles' Funeral Oration from the Peloponnesian War

ii. Value of democracy

3. Thesis – Both leaders in their speeches wanted to express pride and explain the value of democracy in times of war and struggle.

4. Pericles Quotes

a. we have forced every sea and land to be the highway of our daring, and everywhere, whether for evil or for good, have left imperishable monuments behind us.” (Pericles)

b. Meaning

i. Good and evil mean nothing

ii. The people have done great things and war is foolish

5. Lincoln’s Quotes

c. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.


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