English Speech Essay

738 Words Aug 16th, 2012 3 Pages
Good morning/afternoon members of the board from Penguin. I am here today to convince you why the three texts Dear Mr President by Pink, Magnanimous In Victory by Tim Collins and Nelson Mandela release speech deserve to be in your new book “ Protests that changed the world”.

The first text that I would like to submit for your anthology is the song Dear Mr President as sung by P!nk. This song is a protest piece about war, poverty and societal classes. The song is full of rhetorical questions asking Former American President George W. Bush why there is so much injustice within his own country. Pink uses many techniques in her song such as repetition.

For example, the lyrics “Were you lonely boy? Are you lonely boy?” is a use of
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In the 1st paragraph he repeats the word “we” which is an inclusive word. Setting himself on the same level as his soldiers and not above them. The heading magnanimous is use of emotive language, it reminds the army to act responsibly and show care and respect for the Iraqi soldiers.

Therefore, I believe than Tim Collins’ “Magnanimous in Victory” should be used in your collection as it adds to the views about warfare and social issues. It provide a similar, and yet different point of view to that of Pink in “Dear Mr President”.

My final submission for your collection is Nelson Mandela’s release speech. In this piece he speaks about freedom and the wrongness of racism. He uses simple, emotive language in order to make his thoughts clear and create a deeper meaning within his audience. He said “Our march to freedom is irreversible” this means that History should never be repeat, we should look to a brighter future. It is in our right to been seen equal, regardless of our colour, age or race.

I quote “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”. Mr Mandela clearly stated that he would sacrifice his life for the greater good, which thankfully did not eventuate.…