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Who Makes the Better Case, Burke or Johnson?

I believe that Burke makes the better case than Johnson. Edmund Burke’s Speech on Conciliation with America that was delivered in March 22, 1975, is a good example of Burke’s skillful delivery of useful information. He managed to organize material in such a way that each piece of information, each idea fall into the appropriate place in the text, making contribution to the overall effect of the speech. Due to the perfection of the structure, the outline of the speech is clearly seen. The author uses argumentative style of writing, providing the proper arguments in each division. Besides, Burke’s style is vigorous and rather imaginative. The ideas are arranged in a logical way, due to the use of different connecting words and phrases. Moreover, Burke refers to the famous Roman and English poets, quoting Shakespeare, Milton, Horace, Virgil, and making his speech more vivid. Burke constructed paragraphs in such a way that the main idea is indicated by a phrase at the beginning of each paragraph. Johnson’s Taxation No Tyranny of 1775 is less influential speech, from my point of view. Although the author uses irony in discussion of his arguments, the speech can be viewed as extremely patriotic one. The essay is written in a rather severe and even biting tone. Johnson expresses his antipathy toward colonialism. Actually, the ideas on the subject expressed in Johnson’s speech have never been so popular as Burke’s ideas expressed in Speech on Conciliation with America. In general, Johnson’s political essays are written in the manner that combines satire and didacticism techniques which help the author to achieve morality in his writing. Thus, Burke’s Speech on Conciliation with America (1975) looks more persuasive that Johnson’s Taxation No Tyranny (1975). Burke’s speech proposes peace and conciliation with the rebellious colonists (87). However, Johnson’s speech is more aggressive, as he states that English supporters of America are “traitors to this country”, and that he hopes the problems should be solved without bloodshed, to achieve “English superiority and American obedience” (Johnson 56).




Works Cited

Burke, Edmund. “Speech on Conciliation with America.” New York: Cosimo, Inc., 2005. Print.

Johnson, Samuel. “Taxation No Tyranny.” T. Cadell, in the Strand., 1775. Print.