Working with Speeches

Step 1: Read the Speech

Begin by simply reading through the speech. Make quick notes about things you observe as a person encountering the speech for the first time. Notice this is not the last step but the first.

Step 2: Understand the Demands of the Historical Situation on the Speaker

Step 3: Understand the Speaker's Strategies in the Speech

Step 4: Develop a coherent thesis on the speech's contribution to the times

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