Queen That Was a King

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The Queen that was a King In 1588, the Spanish invasions upon England posed as a severe threat among the British, thus the general morale of the nation lessened.In response to the threat, Queen Elizabeth I gave a speech to the English army at Tilbury, which consisted of optimistic attitude, authoritative leadership, and reassuring tone, in order to fortify the confidence of her apparent timid soldiers and strive for victory against the Spanish Armada. In the effort to encourage her troops, Queen Elizabeth I uses her optimistic attitude to display patriotism to the troops and people of England. As an assertive leader, it was important for Queen Elizabeth to display a confident attitude for the sake of her fellow citizens. Her optimistic attitude was displayed during the speech as seen when she says “I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” She indicates that though she is a woman and people infer that women are weak, she is as strong as a king and no one can kill her confidence. Society typically functions well when the designated leader shows determination and trust in his or her people. In this situation, the Queen of England must present herself with an attitude that pleases her community for the benefit of nationalism. Her confidence remains consistent throughout her speech and demonstrates how she has faith in her troops to prevail.
Queen Elizabeth’s authoritative identity is shown as she addresses her troops as “in the midst of the battle, to live and die amongst you all; to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.” She implies that all of these components of society belong to her or are in her control. The presentation of this speech indicates that the people of her nation are attentive to her and have respect for her. The respect granted…...

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