Comparison Of Emma Watson And Tim Watsons Speech

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Emma Watson and Tim Collins Analysis and Comparison Essay
English Language Assignment

In this essay I will be comparing and analysing Emma Watsons ‘Gender Equality is your issue too’ speech, executed on the 20th of September, 2014. Watson had pre-prepared this speech, as it was performed for the HeForShe campaign at the UN Headquarters, in New York. Alongside Tim Collins’ speech to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, in Iraq, 2003 – of which was an eve-of-battle rousting and of which had not been prepared, prior to British troops entering Iraq.

In Emma Watsons’ text, she explores issues relating to Gender, and how both Genders, regardless of their sex, are repressed by gender-based social standards and gender roles. She
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‘I need your help. We need to end gender equality’ and ‘How can we affect change in the world when only half the world is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation’, suggests that she is imploring the audience to act with gender equality in mind. The purpose of his discourse structure, is for Watson to beseech her audience to be aware of the repression and exclusion of sexes from gender-based matters, and also be inclusive and progressive when addressing these matters. Furthermore, she uses an inclusive mind set when addressing these regional issues, as to attain that, opposite to common belief, that feminism and the fight for equality between the sexes is not something that should be ‘synonymous with man-hating’, but rather a course that has the core ‘belief that both genders should have equal rights and opportunities’, and that is a ‘theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.

In comparison to the Tim Collins’ text, in which he explores the issues of battle, the injustices of battle; the importance of decency and humanitarianism, the religious importance of Iraqi people and Iraq itself and other issues, such as the pragmatics of war and historical contexts, that link into him imploring his soldiers to have understanding over the people, and to address the people in a kindred manner. To develop this speech, he uses emotive tones and words, such as, ‘there are some alive at the moment, who will not be alive shortly’ and

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