Aung San Suu Kyi and Sadat Anwar

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In your view, how have rhetorical techniques been used to explore the importance of courage and perseverance in two of the speeches set for study?

Anwar Sadat and Aung San Suu Kyi, in their respective speeches “Statement to the Knesset” in 1977 and “Keynote Address at the Beijing World Conference on Women” in 1995 both explore the importance of courage and perseverance through the skillful use of rhetoric. In doing so, both speakers are able to build a strong ethos and establish pathos with their audience, which allows them to not only emphasise the importance of courage and perseverance to their intended audience, but to create a text whose idea's are relevant to future audiences and differing contexts.

Sadat uses various anecdotes throughout his speech in order to emphasise the importance of courage and perseverance. In what was to be the first time an Arab leader had ever entered Israel to negotiate a peace treaty, Sadat was initially treated very suspiciously in regards to his motives. To overcome this, Sadat makes reference to being questioned about his actions, and what he intends to do if offered an invitation to Israel and states “I will accept i immediately. I have declared that I will go to the end of the world; I will go to Israel, for I want to put before the People of Israel all the facts”. The irony Sadat uses in stating Israel is at the 'end of the world' when it is in fact, geographically very close to Egypt, clearly shows how different the two nations are politically and thus, emphasises the challenges associated with Sadat's mission. In doing so, Sadat establishes his ethos and illustrates how courageous his actions are in visiting Israel, thus showing how important it is for both parties to act sincerely and courageously.

Similarly, Suu Kyi uses personal anecdotes to explore the importance of courage and perseverance. At the time of her speech (as well as now) Suu Kyi's actions were being suppressed by the Junta. As the rightful...
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