Donald Trump's Republican Nomination Acceptance Speech

This study guide will help you analyze Donald Trump's Republican nomination acceptance speech. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, topic, speaker, audience, language, forms of appeal, circumstances and intention. We will also help you with commenting and putting the speech in perspective.

Presentation of the speech

Title: “Donald Trump's Republican Nomination Acceptance Speech”
Speaker: Donald Trump
Context: US presidential election campaign 2016
Date of speech: July 21, 2016

Donald Trump (b. 1946) is an American businessman and television personality, who became the 45th President of the United States in 2017.

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Excerpt

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Antithesis

An antithesis is the construction of a contrast between different things, events, objects, etc. The most eye-catching example of antithesis in the speech is: “America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.” (ll. 565-566). Through this opposition, the speaker wants to suggest that the US is not currently led by people who share the voters’ values.

In the speech, you are going to find many other contrasts and oppositions, particularly between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, which are designed to depict Trump as the more suitable candidate to become the US President. One such example is: “That is why Hillary Clinton's message is that things will never change...never ever. My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.” (ll. 170-172)

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