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Write an essay of at least two to three paragraphs analyzing this newspaper remark from the Richmond Examiner. Use specific quotations from the Gettysburg Address to support or refute the newspaper’s claim

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  1. anonymous
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    The Gettysburg Address "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth." From the Richmond Examiner "Kings are usually made to speak in the magniloquent language supposed to be suited to their elevated position. On the present occasion, Lincoln acted the clown."

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    The paper expected Lincoln to use "magniloquent" language. He did not. The paper says he acted the clown, meaning his speech was not regal enough for them. Lincoln's opponents often reminded readers that he had little formal education. The irony here is that the Gettysburg address uses quite sophisticate rhetoric and soaring themes. It is expressed in a poetic style that can easily be understood in the modern world because we have largely rejected the grandiose use of multisyllabic words and references to ancient Greek. The guy who spoke before Lincoln went on for over 3 hours. The paper thought he was great.

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