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Gettysburg Many bloody battles have been won and lost in this country One of them was the battle of Gettysburg Many were killed and wounded defending their beliefs and many lost hopes Then Abraham Lincoln wrote one of the most beautiful pieces of writing to commemorate and thank the perished soldiers and to motivate and inspire the remaining Lincoln used a time of hurt and pain to fuel his countrys anger He realizes that he is at a memorial service but at the same time he uses the tragedy and turns it into hopes and dreams He bases his speech on life and uses a lot of imagery to do so He uses three images of birth in the first sentence Lincoln says conceived in liberty brought forth and by our fathers Then the birth is immediately followed by images of death He once again says final resting place gave their lives living and dead and the honored dead This is symbolic towards the nation because this is really happening at the time He then talks about resurrection to give the people an idea of what they should believe He wants to make it sound like our freedom will be immortal when he says this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and shall not perish from the earth He makes a lot of reference to Jesus Christ and God He compares the nation to Jesus Christ It is believed that Jesus of Nazareth was born killed and then came again Most people are familiar with this belief so he compares the nation to Jesus People get a much sharper image of what Lincoln is talking about He makes it very clear thanks to the analogy He uses repetition also to get that effect on the reader He uses the words dedicate six times in the 266-word speech The first time it is used to talk about the declaration of
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