In the 2002 poll sponsored by BBC News, “The Greatest Britons”, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was voted and won the number 1 rank. This was an indication of how great Winston Churchill really was. He was a well-known orator and strategist and had served as Prime Minister of England during World War II. He was an author of many history books and had won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature. Influence Winston Churchill was predisposed to the ideologies of anti-totalitarian tract by Friedrich Hayek. He was a supporter of pan-Europeanism seeking for unity among European countries.
His “Iron Curtain Speech” is a proof of his strong desire of uniting the Eastern and Western Europe. This ended into the formation of the European Union in 1992. He was also a supporter of the idea of a world government. He once said that “unless some effective world supergovernment for the purpose of preventing war can be set up…the prospects for peace and human progress are dark… if… it is found possible to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings which all men enjoy and share”. Style Figures of speech
Churchill used many figurative languages, including but not limited to, metaphor, tautology, repetition, and truism. Metaphor was perfectly suited in this statement: “We must make sure that its work is fruitful, that it is a reality and not a sham, that it is a force of action, and not merely frothing of words, that it is a true temple of peace in which the shields of many nations can some day be hung up, and not merely a cockpit in a Tower of Babel” (Churchill, 1946). The speech was beautifully crafted with the different figures of speech allowing it to grab the attention of the listeners.
Values World View In the “Sinews of Peace” Address, Churchill exposed political, social and cultural values. The Soviet Union was no longer supporting Europe but rather, dividing it into two partitions: democratic West and communistic East. He also said that the Soviet Union and communism posed a threat to freedom and democracy of the Western nations. The speech informed the audience, and the whole world, about his plan of establishing a supreme world government that will deter the Soviet (and communism) domination.
I adhere to the ideologies of freedom and democracy and protect it accordingly; communism is not a choice just like Churchill. Conclusion Review main points and re-state thesis Westminster College’s invitation of Winston Churchill and former President Haryy Truman was one of the most memorable events to happen in the small town of Fulton, Missouri. In addition to the honorary award given to the foreign guest, Churchill delivered his famous “Sinews of Peace” address, popularly known as the “Iron Curtain” address.
We analyzed his audience, examined the occasion, evaluated his credibility, and finally, analyzed the text to have a glimpse of the message the “Iron Curtain” address wanted to share to us. Churchill showed us the importance of unity among the English-speaking Commonwealth and the United States in conquering all forces that will hinder the people to exercise their freedom and eventually lead a world supergovernment. Tie to the attention getter The iron curtain has descended to divide Europe into two parts: the democratic East and the communist West.
The preferred way to reunite Europe into one is to end the Soviet Sphere of influence of the region surrounding the iron curtain. This is to allow democracy to rule the planet and that the people will enjoy their right to peaceful and more secure lives.
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