Churchill certainly is a legendary, almost mythical figure in British and world history. Just prior to the speech, the British suffered a great military loss in Belgium and France. After coming to the aid of the Belgian people to defend their home from German invasion, King Leopold of Belgium surrendered to the Nazis leaving thousands of British and French soldiers stranded at Dunkirk. With the sea the only feasible means of retreat, the Royal Navy used every resource at their disposal to evacuate the men from Dunkirk and bring them safely back to England.
The analysis will show the person who wrote the speech and their agenda, how useful the speech is to historians and what it meant to the people of the time. The orator of this speech, Winston Churchill, gave this speech June 4th to the house of commons approximately one month after he was made prime minister of England May The Wilderness n.
He was a conservative who sought to balance England in its time of need and act as a war leader with experience. All of his military experience was shown when he was elected.
He was elected for that very reason given that he predicted the German advance and used this to gain forward momentum to become Prime Minister The Wilderness n. The idea of Churchill being in office only because he was the best Prime Minister to have in wartime was made clear when he lost his position in parliament after the war in Chart of Achievements n.
The problem with Churchill the man is that he was only good at war. The majority of speeches Churchill gave were only given to either advance his position in politics or were to encourage the war effort within England. There were a few speeches to do with trade, commerce and world politics such as Liberalism and Socialism speech given when he was rising through the positions in parliament Selected Speeches of Winston Churchill n.
The usefulness of this speech to the people it was meant to effect is debatable considering the technology of the time and the context in which the speech was written. It seems to be more of an administration speech rather than a speech with any emotional attachment or vigour which could be said to lie in the speeches of Adolf Hitler at the time who gave his speeches to large crowds in public spaces for all to hear.
This majority of the speech as mentioned before was just updating the House of Commons about the war effort in Dunkirk and how the German forces had pushed them back.
The speech was to do with turning the tables around on Germany, taking the fight to them and winning. Leader and Statesman n. The call to arms if you will, We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender We Shall Fight Them on The Beaches Churchill Pg.
But does this inspire people of the time? Some would argue no due to the reasons listed above. But the fact that this quote has stood the test of time and been used as inspiration for many other speeches in modern times it can be said that the effect this speech had on the people was very effective.
But what does this speech do for historians? In regards to information given about the war effort it gives a very one sided argument obviously being from the perspective of English contexts. The problem with this is that historians only hear the sob stories and statistics given by the leaders of the country as opposed to giving a more generalised view of how the war worked in terms of numbers and agendas.
This speech as far as historiography is concerned, is only good for knowing what the movements of the British Expeditionary Force or B. F in this particular time.
There are far better sources with which to observe such as war journals and military reports rather than the second hand knowledge with a political spin so as not to concern the people.In the speech, “We Shall Fight on the Beaches”, Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons on June 14, , to brief them on the current state of the war.
The Second World War had begun September a year prior, and the British Military forces became involved two days after the German invasion of Poland. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall.
Win ston Churchill’s speech ‘we shall fight them on the beaches’ is one of the defining speeches during the second world war. It uses the technique of repetition to very good effect. This is one of three speeches Churchill gave at this time. We also have a transcript of Winston Churchill’s.
A metafunctional analysis of Sir Winston Churchill’s We Shall Fight on the Beaches speech. Simon Humphries* This investigation utilised Systemic Functional Grammar to analyse the final portion of a war speech given in by Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister.
Watch and listen to BBC clips about Winston Churchill and his 'Fight on the beaches' speech. Discover what the speech was about, when it was made and why. We shall fight on the beaches, we. We shall fight on the beaches Winston Churchill "We shall fight on the beaches" is a common title given to a speech delivered by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June