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ERIC Number: ED313753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-21
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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First Gentleman of the World: The Eulogistic Rhetoric of Adlai Ewing Stevenson.
Gardner, Greg H.
A study examined three eulogies offered by Adlai Stevenson upon the deaths of important public figures (Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Sir Winston Churchill), in order to determine how each address fulfilled the purposes of this unique rhetorical genre. Each eulogy was examined with the purposes of eulogistic speaking in mind: (1) to express appropriate personal and audience grief; (2) to deepen appreciation and respect for the deceased; and (3) to give the audience strength for the present and inspiration for the future. Findings indicated that Stevenson attempted to fulfill each purpose of eulogistic speaking in each of the eulogies, with certain paragraphs of each eulogy clearly devoted to each of the three purposes. Moreover, Stevenson devoted approximately 80% of his speaking time to the second purpose, with the rest of the time of each eulogy somewhat equally divided between the other two purposes. (Thirty-nine notes are included, and the three eulogies are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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