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Rhetorical Functions and Effects of Stereotypes in Hitlers Speech ANALYSIS 1.

Argument Hitler might be considered one of the most influential man in the world having one of the most stereotyped way of thinking, taking into consideration the impact of his strong personality, principles and beliefs over the entire world. 2. Stereotypes in his Speech The first of May represented a perfect occasion for Hitler to reflect his dominant ideology within the political/social context. Stereotypes/Prejudices present in his speech: -Jews as a non-creative force (discrimination) -internationalism as an infection over the nationalism, internationalism=senility -extremism and nationalism -categorization- National Socialist fanatics 3. Metaphors/Symbols in his speech: Is the German oak ever destined to see another springtime? =the German nation seen as an oak tree waiting another spring time, that is a new beginning, a new flourish; We have the strength to conquer that which the autumn has brought upon us. =autumn or victory; We are National Socialist fanatics, not dancers on the tight-rope of moderation! = the Germans seen either as spectators or as jesters. 1 May stands as a symbol for renewal, creation, glorification, unity, labor (the Swastika). 4. Rhetorical functions and effects of stereotypes in Hitlers speech A relation of the type in-group vs. out-group can be established within Hitlers speech, and from this point of view the first type can be applied to this speech. Rhetorical questions and their effects: What is born of senility? Nothing, nothing at all. =argumentation; Is the German oak ever destined to see another springtime? =persuasion through metaphor. I consider that the key word of the text is extremism, which stands as an effect of stereotypes in this speech, and supports the in-group type of relation. Examples which refer to the hidden term, extremism (the in-group type): Nationalism vs. internationalism The controllers vs. the controlled Love vs. hate

Fanatical vs. non-fanatical Strong vs. weak

Conclusion The most important factor in persuading and manipulating the people of Germany is Hitler himself, his nature, his strong personality, his principles, his convictions, his internal force, his endowments as a human.