‘Speeches’ Essay

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‘Speeches’ Essay
“Faith, Hope and Reconciliation” by Faith Bandler, “Spotty Handed Villainesses” by Margaret Atwood and “It is still winder at home” by Sir William Deane are all examples of speeches in which address a particular aspect of society that generates interest in the responder. All speeches use copious language devices to further their explorations of these aspects, as well as generating humour and emotion.
Faith Bandler, an Aboriginal activist gave the speech “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation’ in 1999. Tackling issues such as racism and the stole generation, Bandler generates interest amongst those intrigued by social injustice in society. Though my personal interest In this aspect of life is significantly high, my response to this text was not. In Faith’s attempts to outrage the audience with the quote “terrible tragedy”, she fails to further explain what this tragedy is. Though successful figurative languace has been used with alliteration of the letter ‘t’, responders are left wanting more, feeling unsatisfied with the distinct lack of content that should be discussing the significant context that this speech revolves around. The statement “It is the strong feeling… that arouses interest” proves true in this speech as is was ultimately the issues raised that drew I myself was drawn too, and my further interest in this aspect of society that led me to hold high expectations for this speech, which Faith failed to meet.
In contrast, Margaret Atwood proved successful in captivating responders with “Spotty handed villainesses”, though her use of figurative and witty language that together helped explain he ideas she addresses concerning society. This speech continues the life long debate of “good women” and “bad women” only this time, in literature. Atwood uses reference to the children’s nursery rhyme with “when she was good she was very very good, and when she was bad she was horrid” to prove her point of stereotypes and further stress to the responder how even the most basic cases have examples of bias. By quoting the descriptive language in this nursery rhyme, Atwood has successfully captivated her audience by using a generic example to further explain her notion of “good versus evil” that is ever present in society. Having a strong interest in both literature and feminism did influence my reception fo this speech, proving the statement that a “particular aspect of society, arouses interest in a speech.” My positive response of this speech was also heavily influenced by the many connections in this speech to chiefly women in literature, for example “Media and Medusa” which are used to add intelligence and credibility to the speech, in conjunction with alliteration adding interest.
“It is still Winter at home” was a speech read by Sir William Deane as he represented Australia at the tragic canyoning accident offshore. As an Australian, this speech evoked great emotion as at this time, this “particular aspect of society” was an interest to the entire nation. Deane uses repetition and inclusive language thoughtfully when sprinkling the words “we” and “us” throughout the speech. In turn this language device is effective in its function of bringing the nation together as one to mourn the loss of youth. Metaphorical language with “the flower of their youth” is also stressed to the responder as dead compares the late adults age with the blossoming growth of a flower, both in which were enriched with potential. This alerts the responder of the significance of the loss, and allows them to feel deep sorrow and compassion for the immediate families involved.
In conclusion, it is evident that “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation”, “Spotty Handed Villainesses” and “It is still Winter at home” all portray aspects of society that interest me, though it has proven true that it is how these aspects are explained that truly contribute to my expectations and overall reception of the speeches.

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