Music, Rhythm and Persuasion: Hitler’s Oratory

  • Henry Campos Vargas
Keywords: Oratory, Hitler’s Oratory, Rhytmic Prose, Aristotle, Rhetoric, German Language, Argument


Hitler’s oratory was powerful, awesome… As in 1930’s Germany, nowadays, it attracts millions of people around the world. What is the source of this frightening power? How could a man have it? By the Ancient theory of rhythmic prose, this paper studies the importance of rhythm in some German phrases and a Hitler’s speech and the role of their features in the persuasion process. The German language has long and short vowels, diphthongs and accents, like Latin and Greek; therefore, this article gives not only a syllabic and accentual analysis but also a quantitative one in connection with the political argument.


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How to Cite
Campos Vargas, H. (2020) “Music, Rhythm and Persuasion: Hitler’s Oratory ”, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 14(1). doi: 10.4396/202013.