This study guide will help you analyse the speech “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” by Winston Churchill. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, analysis, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat”
Speaker: Winston Churchill
Where: The House of Commons, the British Parliament
When: 13th of May, 1940, in the first year of World War II
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a Conservative British politician, officer, and author. He served as the British Prime Minister twice, between 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. The speech “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat” was delivered a few days after he had been appointed Prime Minister for the first time, during World War II. The purpose of the speech was to ask the British Parliament to approve his newly appointed cabinet. Today, Churchill is known for leading the Britain to victory during World War II, which makes him one of the most influential figures in British history.
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