Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(2), pp. 66 - 69
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030205
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Mandelian Rhetoric: An Analysis of Nelson Mandela' s Political Speeches

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi *
School of Languages & Literature, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu (J&K), India


The paper presents an analysis of Nelson Mandela's political speeches in relation to the linguistic devices used in his political rhetoric, such as metaphor, analogies, repetition, and three-fact lists and contrastive pairs. The main goal of this study is to address how effectively this African leader employed these devices in the linguistic persuasion. The theoretical perspective of this study has been drawn from the major researches conducted on political rhetoric, including Beard; Charteris-Black; and Gibbs. The methodology follows discourse analysis of speeches delivered by Mandela on various occasions, supported by the general principles of qualitative research. This analysis becomes important as a few researches on Madiba have often criticized him for his militant speech being formulaic and rhetorically cautious and commenting that he is a politician, and not an intellectual. This study also throws some light on how speeches are generally delivered to convince and influence your audiences.

Linguistic Persuasion, Speeches, Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric

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[1] Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi , "Mandelian Rhetoric: An Analysis of Nelson Mandela' s Political Speeches," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 66 - 69, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030205.

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Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi (2015). Mandelian Rhetoric: An Analysis of Nelson Mandela' s Political Speeches. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(2), 66 - 69. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030205.