ENG 101 NC37
Thesis: Abraham Lincoln's “Gettysburg Address”; William Faulkner's “Nobel Prize Awards
Speech”; and Flannery O'Connor's “The Teaching of Literature” all had major impact on their
A. The “Gettysburg Address” was addressed to our country at one of it’s major pivotal
moments in history; Abraham Lincoln delivered his speech with perfect diction in order
to give hope to a hurting country.
B. William Faulkner delivered a speech after being presented with the Nobel peace prize,
however it was not about him at all, it was about his work, and mans ability to “ endure
and prevail” no matter the circumstances.
C. Flannery O’Connor wrote about the fact that people aren’t taught how to read fiction, it
feels as if she is persuading you to pick up a novel and learn how to read fiction.
II. Abraham Lincoln “The Gettysburg Address”
A. The civil war had just been ended and the United States needed a to hear something
encouraging from a strong leader.
B. Although Abraham Lincoln did not write his speech down, I believe he carefully chose
and placed each and every word he spoke.
C. Lincoln had the ability to affect history with the words he spoke that day.
D. “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.”
E. This line specifically stuck out to me the most. Lincoln could have easily just said
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth a new nation.” But that
wouldn’t be nearly as moving and passionate as if he added, “conceived in Liberty, and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
F. I believe Lincoln wanted people in the audience to feel the full weight, as he did, of what
was at stake. He wasn’t just talking about any country at stake. He was talking about the
United States of America.
III. William Faulkner “Nobel Prize Awards Speech”
A. William Faulkner was a very humble man and his word choice proved so.
B. The first thing he said when he accepted his award was, “ I feel that this award was not
made to me as a man but to my work–––a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the
human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the human spirit
something which did not exist before.”
C. He wanted his audience to know that what he did was not...