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Chapter 6. Fun with SPAM > Purpose - Pg. 41

Fun with SPAM 41 Encores and Exits Today, "The Gettysburg Address" is one of the best known speeches in American history. After his delivery, however, Lincoln thought the speech had been a failure. It made little apparent impact on the crowd, and newspapers printed it with few comments. However, Edward Everett, the main speaker for the day (he had blathered on for more than two hours), thought more of the President's speech. He wrote to Lincoln, "I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." Purpose The second variable in every public speaking situation is purpose --the goals the speaker hopes to achieve with his or her speech. Your ability to determine the purpose of your speech comes from your understanding of the situation. (That's why situation comes before purpose ). Class Act