Churchill’s decision to not surrender in the face of Nazi aggression, despite of the French defeat, would go down as one of the most momentous decisions in History . In his speech “We Shall Fight On The Beaches,” Churchill’s extensive use of repetition, actions verbs, and climatic buildup inspired and motivated his listeners.
By continuously repeating the words “we shall fight…” Churchill adds power and structure to his speech. By continuously reinforcing a specific idea, Churchill takes a clear stance on the issue at hand and projects an image of strength and determination. By cutting every sentence with “we shall fight..”, Churchill also adds structure to his speech and give clear signposting of the next “idea.” In doing so, Churchill is able to use repetition as his primary technique to inspire a entire nation to hold steady in facing a powerful Nazi Germany.
Churchill also extensively uses action verbs during his speech – words like “fight,” “defend,” and “believe. These words serve to remind the reader of the momentous task that is at hand and the subsequent steps needed to overcome this challenge. They are extremely motivational and inspiring, lighting a fire in the hearts of Churchill’s listeners.
Finally, Churchill uses a long climatic buildup to emphasize his final message. In the speech , Churchill starts off describing Napoleon’s flat-bottom boats and the British expeditionary force. He slowly builds up the speech, using phrases like: “I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home…” By using this climatic buildup, Churchill is able to emphasize his final message, which in this case was a resolve in Britain’s ability to “defend their island home.”