In Churchill’s speech, back in October 29, 1941 for the Harrow School for Boys, the use of rhetorical devices such as ethos, logos, and pathos made the speech very well executed. Due to this, he truly connected, made an impact on, and influenced the public audience. The introduction alone really established a connection with the students at Harrow. After the “very terrible catastrophic events” Churchill feels a deep connection with the audience talking about the misfortunes evoking sorrow; thus, revealing pathos within his speech.
Continuing on with showing pathos, Churchill explains how poorly armed and how alone the last time he was at Harrow getting into more personal related topics furthering the connection with the students. Equally important, Churchill makes a powerful impact on the students by reminding them to “Never give in. ” The use of the anaphora within the speech, constantly repeating the word never, appeals to the audience’s ethos.
Due to the tone of Churchill, it clearly establishes how well the audience’s moral worth should be restating to never give in to anything, disregarding honor and good faith; one should never give in to anything. The use of logos is highly used within the speech, but the most allegorical part of the speech is when Churchill proposes “alter[ing] darker to sterner [days]. ” What makes it logos is due to it being an informed opinion wanting to change the lines of the school song.
Because of Churchill wanting to change the lyrics of the song to promote “These are not dark days; these are great days… ” this influences the audience to see better, brighter days in the future. All in all, because of Churchill’s great use of rhetorical devices, the speech was very successful. He truly connected, impacted, and influenced the students at Harrow for brighter days ahead of them.