Good morning ladies and gentleman, youth from around the world, prestigious guests and esteemed politicians. I’m Laban Pulea and I represent youth from the rural mining community of Mount Isa in Western Queensland, Australia. Today I am here today to discuss the contentious issue of child soldiers and inform you of the implications this issue has for our modern society. Despite popular opinion, this issue is prevalent in our post-modern world and is far too widespread to ignore. The contentious theme of child soldiers is represented as atrocious and an infringement of human rights in a diverse range of literary and non- literary texts such as the movie Blood Diamond, the poem Child Soldier Diary and the article Stolen kids turned into terrifying killers. These notions work to emphasize and further naturalise the fundamental ideologies concerning child soldiers in western society. When composing texts, authors are tremendously influenced by their socio-cultural context. Consequently , the prevailing attitudes, values and beliefs and the extent to which they accept or challenge these, undoubtedly influence the shaping of these depictions of this particular issue which in turn positions readers to adopt a dominant readings of the texts. Paragraph 1:
When examining literary and non-literary texts, child soldiers are often portrayed as having their rights of childhood innocence stripped from them by abysmal and unethical rebel leaders. The 2006 film Blood Diamond, directed by Edward Zwick, promotes this depiction and works to endorse western methodologies, beliefs and ideologies counter to the controversial issue of child soldiers in Africa. The film writers and directors position viewers to agree with dominant interpretations pertaining to child soldiers and their severe loss of innocence. (Play video of boy killing guy without knowing while blind folded) As seen in this extract, the loss of the child’s innocence is foregrounded and is further...
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