This analysis of the speech “Tryst with Destiny” by Jawaharlal Nehru is based on the rhetorical pentagram model.

In this guide, we will present the topics of the speech - freedom and responsibility in the context of Indian independence.

We will look at the speaker, Jawaharlal Nehru, focusing on the image he conveys of himself within the speech and on his political background.

We will examine the audience of the speech, formed by the Indian Constituent Assembly, the Indian people, and the international audience, looking at how the speaker engages each category of the audience.

We will explore the language of the speech, focusing on how the choice of words, tone, rhetorical devices, and modes of persuasion reflect the speaker’s message, the topic, and the context of the events.

We will discuss the circumstances of the speech, looking at the context of Indian Independence.

We will focus on the speaker’s intentions with the speech, such as rousing patriotic feelings, encouraging a peaceful transition to independence, and preparing the audience for the challenges and responsibilities ahead.

You can read the full analysis of Jawaharlal Nehru's speech on the next pages!