Analyzing Joseph McCarthy’s “Enemies from Within” SpeechAP Language with American Literature1.Why does McCarthy begin the speech with a reference to Abraham Lincoln?Mccarthy references Lincoln at the beginning of the speech because it’s his 141st birthday and he uses that as grounds to discuss what’s currently going on in the United States because Lincoln was a president who hated war and the country is currently war ridden. 2.Who is the god of war (Paragraph 3)? What purpose is served by including it at thispoint in the speech?The god of war is ares. And the purpose of including it was to personify the war.3.What elements do the quotations in Paragraph 4 have in common?The quotation signifies what the world is saying and they both state that war is necessaryand tell the reader peace cannot resolve the issues.4.Analyze the metaphor in Paragraph 7: “Ours could have been the honor of being a beacon in the desert of destruction, a shining, living proof that civilization was not yet ready to destroy itself.”The metaphor is stating that the United States could have been a strong peaceful nation that diverged from the war riddeness of the world.5.What are some facts that McCarthy uses that have no opinions connected to them?Some facts that McCarthy uses with no opinions connected are that the soviet union had a population of 180 million, and then six years later their population grew to 800 million. However, the US’s population shrunk to 500 million from a larger prior amount. 6.Underline six statements of opinion within the speech.underlined on page7.Locate a quotation that supports each of the following points McCarthy uses to forward his beliefs. Underline and label it in the speech. a.fear
b.patriotism c.hatred d.exaggeration e.sorrowlocated on page8.In Paragraph 13, McCarthy uses the technique called “begging the question” in which a conclusion is stated without any proof being offered. How does he use thistechnique?Mccarthy uses this technique in order to describe what the future will look like so he can help prove his point to the reader. He also discusses a better society, government, and inhabitants so he can create a picture of what america could be therefore justify his methods. Finally, the final statement forces the reader to think and ponder about what they just read, which in turn will help drive Mccarthy points and ideas home.Joseph McCarthy“Enemies from Within” Speech Deliveredin Wheeling, West Virginia (1950)Tonight as we celebrate the 141st birthday of one of the great men in American history, I would like to be able to talk about what a glorious day today is in the history of the world. As we celebrate the birth of this man, who with his whole heart and soul hated war, I would like to be able to speak of peace in our time, of war being outlawed, and of worldwide disarmament. These would be truly appropriate things to be able to mention aswe celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.