Achieve a Level Four Performance in an Oral Exam Through the Formal Speech/the Oral Essay

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Achieve a Level Four Performance in an Oral Exam through the Formal Speech/the Oral Essay
Part One
Write an Effective Oral Essay/Formal Speech on a Comparative-Study Topic

“The central idea, or thesis, is your essay’s life and spirit.” Sheridan Baker, The Practical Stylist

Formal speeches are carefully scripted pieces of writing. A formal speech is essentially an oral essay. The conventions of the oral essay/the formal speech include the following:

• Purpose To persuade, inspire, or motivate
• Audience Usually an audience of peers or like-minded individuals
• Tone Ranges from serious to humorous
• Voice A strong sense of the collective identity of the speaker and the audience
• Language
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More specifically, you may focus on the father-son relationship, comparing and contrasting the relationship between Baba and Amir (The Kite Runner) and that between Gloucester and Edgar (King Lear). It’ll be equally interesting if you focus on the father-daughter relationship, comparing and contrasting the relationship between General Taheri and Soraya (The Kite Runner) and that between King Lear and Cordelia (or that between Bill and Carolina in Having Hope at Home).
2. Thesis. As in any argumentative essay, your thesis statement will convey the gist of your argument, which necessarily follows from your frame of reference. But in a compare-and-contrast, the thesis depends on how the two things you've chosen to compare actually relate to one another. Do they extend, corroborate, complicate, contradict, correct, or debate one another? In the most common compare-and-contrast essay (which focuses on differences), you can indicate the precise relationship between A and B by using the word "whereas" in your thesis:

Whereas both Amir and Cordelia cherish deep affection for their alone (single) parents, Baba and King Lear, due to their different dispositions and socio-cultural backgrounds, have created a very different future for their children. Whether your paper focuses

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