These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own.
Elizabeth's love for her people and her desire for them to see her as their leader is really the content of the first part of the speech. Elizabeth explains that the prevailing opinion amongst her parliament is that engaging in war with the Spanish is also the opening of a door to traitors in their midst as concentrating so heavily on one battle and enemy will divert troops and attention from the internal enemy, but the Queen does not want to see treachery around every corner. She has faith in her subjects and particularly on her army, believing them to be loyal and trustworthy, and because of this has come to address them personally, not by decree or speech delivered by anyone else. She is one with her army and asks of them only what she asks of herself, which is devotion to God and country.
Although she is a female and not seen to have the strength and fortitude of a man, she assures her troops that she has the courage of a King and this courage is doubled because an English monarch has more heart than a ruler presiding over another nation. She is as indignant at the prospect of a European invasion as any male monarch would be and condemns this invasion believing it is the very fact that she is a woman that has emboldened these foreign invaders. Rather than allow an invasion to succeed she will take to the battleground herself, preferring to die in the glory of defending her realm than to be captured. Troops that valiantly fight alongside her will be rewarded.
The Queen is aware that she has asked a great deal of her troops already; these are tumultuous times with internal and external instability and troops have been over-worked and sacrificed a great deal. Whilst they are at war, her Lieutenant General will act in her place and his commands will be hers. He is a worthy general and she believes and expects they will obey his orders knowing that they come directly from her. If they follow his commands and fight as valiantly as they have shown themselves able, victory over their enemies is guaranteed.
Queen Elizabeth’s speech invigorated the troops and ensured her faith in them and her capability as a leader through the use of repetition, juxtaposition, persuasion, amplification and diction. In the beginning sentence Elizabeth includes herself in the fight by using “we” thereby establishing a common ground with the troops. She uses emotional argument to instill a sense of nationalism. Elizabeth repeatedly refers to her people affectionately with phrases like “my loving people” (line 1) or “my faithful and loving people” (line 5).
By complementing the soldiers, asserting nationalism, and giving them a purpose, she inspires them to proudly defend England. Queen Elizabeth reference’s God and country throughout the speech, evoking a strong sense of English patriotism through the use of repetition. The Queen juxtaposes her “weak and feeble” (line 14) form as a woman, to her strong spirit and bravery, likened to that of a king of England, thus further appealing to the audience’s nationalism. She elevates her status above the oppressing sexism of the times, she suggests that she is as capable of success as any shrewd, hard-stomached king.
When speaking of the defense of the county, the Queen proposes that she herself will fight amongst them, Elizabeth repeats “myself” as amplification of her dedication to her country. Elizabeth places her full trust in her people, denouncing any thought of distrust. Her unwavering trust is a reassurance to her people. She does not feel the need to control and regulate her subjects for fear of rebellion, she gives them the power to defend and protect the homeland. Her people respect her for this and remain loyal to her. The final persuasion is promise of “rewards and crowns” (line 21) for those concerned with monetary and influential matters.
The Queen promises to reward for valour and virtue on the battlefield. The repetition of “your” in the closing sentence serves as an appraisal and importance of the troops. Elizabeth uses the value of trust, nationalism, faith, relation, and material reward as a means to convince her troops to defend their homeland. By assimilating herself as their equal and asserting her willingness to give everything for her country, she makes the idea of dying in battle more comfortable to the soldiers. She gives them a cause, and they rise to the occasion.
We will write a custom essay sample on
Queen Elizabeth Rhetorical Analysis of Tilbury Speech
or any similar topic only for youOrder Now