Analysis on Obama’s Eulogy for Mandela

Jingming Chen


This paper aims to analyse Obama’s eulogy for Mandela. After careful reading and analysis, the eulogy was found to have met al. the requirements of an eulogy, such as the two expectations, and five functions, which are the focus of the study of this paper. Meanwhile, the life story about both Mandela and Obama have been briefly examined, and their similarity in their experience of a multiracial society explains Obama’s sympathy with Mandela’s life, and their common view on a multiracial society in which all the people can enjoy freedom, equality, and democracy, no matter what races they belong to.


Obama, Eulogy for Mandela, Discourse Analysis

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Richard, W. (2013). Obama’s Moving Eulogy for Nelson Mandela. http:// www. msnbc. Com/msnbc/giant-history




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