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An analysis of one of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches: “The Sinews of Peace” or the Iron Curtain speech.

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  1. Introduction.
  2. The Speech.
  3. The Situation.
  4. Occasion.
  5. Audience.
  6. Circumstances.
  7. Speaker's Identity.
  8. Conclusion.

Throughout the course of history, notable social and political leaders have offered up their opinions on specific subjects and pressing issues of the day. While many of the leaders have given impassioned, well-reasoned and well-delivered speeches, only a few have gone down in history as truly great orators. Such is the case with Winston Churchill. A solider, politician and eventually the Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill was one of the most prominent orators of the twentieth century. Because of the power of his speeches, his legacy and memory continues to live on.With the realization that Winston Churchill is one of the most notable orators of the twentieth century, there is a clear impetus to consider his work and its specific context. To this end, this investigation seeks to analyze one of Winston Churchill's most famous speeches: ?The Sinews of Peace? or the Iron Curtain speech. This speech, given in Missouri on March 5, 1946 represents one of the most prominent and memorable speeches of the twentieth century. In an effort to provide a full understanding of the speech, the situation, occasion, audience, circumstances and identity of the speaker will be examined.

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[...] Although the occasion was one that clearly sought to celebrate the career and accomplishments of Winston Churchill, it is evident that Churchill saw this occasion as more than just an opportunity to receive an honorary degree. When President Truman invited Churchill to Westminster College, Churchill saw this as an occasion to produce major media event? (19). Before his speech, Churchill told the president of the college that his speech would a political pronouncement of considerable importance? (19). After his speech concluded, Churchill again confided in the president noting that, he hoped that he had, ?started some thinking that will make history? (19). [...]


[...] Speaker's Identity Even thought his investigation provides a clear understanding of the overall circumstances that promoted the delivery of the Iron Curtain speech, it does not provide a clear understanding of the speaker's identity. Clearly, Churchill was a politician, well versed in understanding international affairs. However, in order to better understand the man behind the message, it is pertinent to consider the speaker's identity and some critical information about his background. Historians examining the identity of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill note that Churchill was born in 1864, to a British Lord and an American mother. [...]


[...] As noted by one author, college had expected 40,000 people for the ex-Prime Minister's speech, but little more than half that many had shown (Gibson, ?Where the Iron Although the number of attendees was not as high as expected, the number of press representatives attending made it possible for millions of individuals were later able to read or view the speech. While the size of the audience is an important issue to consider in the context of this analysis, the composition of the audience is also important. [...]

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