An Analysis of Twelve Speeches of Parley Parker Pratt, Mormon Orator
Brigham Young University
The chief purpose of this investigation is to determine the elements of speech style, the motive appeals, and the use of the elements of interest which play the most characteristic roles in twelve of Parley P. Pratt's sermons. While all the speeches that Pratt delivered have not been studied, since there are likely hundreds of them of which we have no record, it is thought that this study is sufficiently broad to warrant the conclusions that the writer has drawn.
A brief biography is included as a part of this study that a better understanding of the man might be appreciated. Most of the biographical information was borrowed freely from his autobiography which was edited and published by his family in 1874.