How the speaker engages his audience

The style of language in Mike Pence’s National Veterans Day Observance speech is mostly formal. This style is appropriate for Pence’s role as Vice President of the United States, as well as for the occasion of the speech – observing National Veterans Day, an important holiday that honors all US Veterans and their service: “For nearly a century, since the guns of the First World War fell silent, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the American people have observed this day” (ll. 7-12). The formal style also helps Pence come across as a reliable, trustworthy speaker. The speaker also occasionally uses an informal style which can be noticed, for example, when he shares a personal story with the audience: “dad never talked about the war, and that medal stayed in his dresser drawer.” (ll. 270-272). This informal style helps Pence present himself as a more relatable figure. 

Short sentences are used to highlight important ideas and create a memorable effect. For exam...

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