Characters Reveal Themselves in the Ways They Speak

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  • Topic: Diana, Princess of Wales, Jerry Seinfeld, John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
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The impression that oneself gives other people is identified through words spoken by oneself. The chosen words as well as the structure of the words gives other people an indication of one self’s personality. In the eulogy for Princess Diana, Earl Spencer gives an overview of her life and acknowledges her achievements. Earl Spencer is highly educated and uses a high sophisticated register, “All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who...who transcended nationality” on page one paragraph two. This is carried on throughout the eulogy until page three paragraphs four; he changes his register to a more colloquial level of language as he is addressing Princess Diana’s sons. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech draws parallels with Princess Diana’s eulogy. The structure in both these texts is of high register and this shows their level of sophistication. “The removalists” by David Williamson is quite the opposite compared to Princess Diana’s eulogy and ‘I have a dream’. The level of language used by the characters of Kenny and Fiona is far less formal than that of Earl Spencer and Martin Luther King. Andrew Denton’s interview with Jerry Seinfeld shows you the way a comedian talks and the reactions from the people around him. Earl Spencer’s eulogy for Princess Diana is written from his perspective. This gives the audience a sense of sympathy because he is her brother and no one could possibly feel more grief than her family. The sentences are structured correctly and are in a very formal and serious format. This further shows the level of education Earl Spencer has received and he was able to attain this education as he is from a wealthy family. Throughout his speech we see the use of formal and informal language that he applies to address the audience. “She was a symbol of selfless humanity.” This is a more respectful tone towards Diana due to his use of elaborate and emotive language. He tends to utilize a more strong and sophisticated level of language on the audience throughout his speech. He keeps a flow of formal language right through the speech; nevertheless, he uses informal language when stating “we are all chewed up with sadness at the loss of a woman who wasn’t even our mother.” The use of his colloquial language here is to address William and Harry. It sets a more conversational mood as everyone can understand what he is trying to say. The ellipses in paragraph two helps create a realistic type dialogue, in a sense, the way it is written down is the way it has been spoken. Personal anecdotes are a typical technique used in the eulogy. This shows the audience the experience Earl Spencer had with his sister. This lets the audience find out a little bit more about Diana’s and Earl’s personality. Even though he uses a sophisticated level of language, he also includes humour. “We managed to contrive to stop the ever-present paparazzi from getting a single picture of her. That meant a lot to her.” He uses humour here as he denigrates Diana’s behaviour, bringing about a relaxed tone. He also shows she is a normal person who enjoys laughing. It also shows the strong connection between her and her brother. Earl Spencer ironically refers Diana to the ancient roman goddess of hunting. In the ancient world she was known as the hunter but ironically in our modern world, she was the most hunted person due to her kindness that unfortunately left her open and vulnerable. The use of this allusion shows that Earl Spencer is a well educated man as he knew about the ancient roman goddess. There is also another sharp and clever technique that Earl Spencer adds into his speech. On page two paragraphs seven, Earl Spencer includes a subtle jibe to the Royal Family. “On behalf of your mother and sisters, I pledge that we, your blood family” He states this and it is targeted at the Royal Family. His attempt to attack them is done in a more...
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