"Queen Elizabeth"

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During the earlier years of the rein of Queen Elizabeth I, people viewed women as being the weaker gender. Since a female, Queen Elizabeth I, ruled England in 1588, Spain wanted to take advantage of this opportunity by invading England. To defend this invasion of England by Spain, her troops were assembled at Tilbury, a town on the Thames River. In this time of dire need, Queen Elizabeth I of England gave a speech to her troops in which she uses diction, comparison of her feminism and sentence structure to convince her troops to confide in her even though she is a female.

Queen Elizabeth I tries to gain the assistance of her troops by appealing to their pathos through the usage of diction in her speech. She deliberately uses several encouraging words to illustrate that she believes in them and they should believe in her too. Opening her speech by saying "My loving people" adds a caring impression towards her troops.

Since she is directly speaking to the army, she is openly expressing her love to them, which generally causes a warm feeling inside people's heart. Then she goes on to say that her troops are "faithful." Their already softened hearts are further mellowed by this added accolade because it is the queen herself that is praising them, which shows that the queen respects them. She further drives the point of her trust for her troops by saying that she places her strength and safeguard in the "loyal hearts" and "good-will" of her troops. She goes as far as saying that her strength is within the troops and the ability to defend the country is also within the troops. The loyal and good-willed soldiers will support her and be ready to defend the country. She is saying what...