So, why Speeches?
Traditionally, RHETORIC or the Art of Public Speaking, was a compulsory element of education for males from late Antiquity up until the late 19th Century. Many years were often spent perfecting this skill and it was expected that men would be able to speak and write effectively and persuasively.
However, in our times, it is even more important to be aware of these skills and try to master them. It gives us an opportunity to be critical of all we hear (whether in advertisements, speeches etc.) but also assists us to logically structure our own ideas and arguments to persuade others, when needed.
There are some great websites below, which give an overview of rhetorical practices and devices, which will assist you in understanding many of the structures and language devices used by effective speakers to engage, motivate, encourage thought and often persuade their audience.
View "40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 minutes".
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What is it about these speeches which we find stirring?