The primary function of this thesis was to determine, through the analysis of three randomly selected speeches, the speaking style of Heber C. Kimball. The selected speeches were presented in three different utah locations, and they covered a span of nine years (1856-65). All three speeches were presented to a Mormon audience and were religious in nature.
Seven elements of style have been used for the analysis of the three speeches. They are: accuracy, clarity, propriety, economy, force, striking quality, and liveliness. It was determined that President Kimball's speaking style was weak in the areas of accuracy and clarity. In the areas of economy and propriety his style was good. In terms of liveliness, Kimball's speaking style was excellent. Heber C. Kimball's speaking style excelled in the areas of force and striking quality. All three speeches have a superior representation of force and the striking quality. In consideration of the historical setting of the three speeches, it was determined that Heber Chase Kimball was a very effective speaker.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
O'Connor, James Francis, "An Analysis of the Speaking Style of Heber C. Kimball: Mormon Leader" (1978). Theses and Dissertations. 4991.
Heber Chase Kimball, 1801-1868, Rhetoric, Mormons