An Analysis of the Speaking Style of Charles W. Penrose
Brigham Young University
The purpose of this thesis was to determine the public speaking style of Charles W. Penrose. The problem was investigated by using the elements of a speaking situation, the speaker, the speech, the audience, and the occasion. Three speeches were used; namely, "Remarks on Union" given on January 19, 1879, "Women Suffrage" given on June 3, 1889, and "Graphic Glimpses of Pioneer Life" given on February 4, 1924. Seven selected criteria were used as guidelines for the evaluation of the speeches; namely, accuracy, clarity, propriety, economy, force, striking quality, and liveliness.
The following conclusions resulted from the evaluation of the speeches using the seven selected criteria. (1) Throughout his life his vital style never seemed to weaken. (2) His use of the direct approach showed his great insight into the needs of the people. This directness emphasized his purpose to stimulate his audiences to right actions. (3) On the whole, his speaking style was accurate, clear, appropriate, economical, and forceful. The speeches showed some striking qualities and an inward vitality compelling the audience to listen.