Queen Elizabeth I's Troops Against The Spanish Armada

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In an effort to rally her troops against the Spanish Armada in 1588, Queen Elizabeth I delivered her famous speech to motivate and lift spirits, using diction, imagery, and specific sentence structures in order to effectively persuade her army and her subjects. Her use of these elements in her essay strengthens her persuasiveness by drawing closer to her people, making her one with her country and kingdom. Beginning with “my loving people”, Queen Elizabeth I establishes two key elements: her authority as well as her connection with her subjects. By speaking in the first-person narrative, the Queen eloquently relates with her audience and treats them as equals, comrades in a time of distress; this trust and respect the Queen has for her citizens creates a sense of unity, crucial to rally troops to fight alongside her against the emerging threat of the Spanish Armada. Relating the Spanish army to “tyrants” and “enemies of my God”, Queen Elizabeth I demolishes the character and integrity of her foes, compelling the country to fight against the Spanish in an attempt to restore order and prosperity. Highlighting her citizen’s “obedience”, “concord”, and “valour” further reinforced a spirit of belief and tenacity in the people of England. …show more content…
As she states “for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people,” her use of anaphora and the repetition of “for my” creates rhythm and emphasizes the intimacy the Queen has not only for God, but her kingdom and her people. This intimacy stirs loyalty and allegiance amongst her subjects, allowing them to be receptive of her request— fight the Spanish army and protect the Kingdom. She reiterates this line “of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people” at the end of the speech to create a cohesiveness and remind the people why they choose to listen and fight for the