October 26, 2012
Potent speakers and authors have similarities and differences in their speeches and books. They certainly have similar and different ways to appeal to their audience and readers. Speeches such as President Bill Clinton’s “Remarks to the Convocation of the Church of God and Christ in Memphis” and books like Things Fall Apart by author Chinua Achebe are not always different or the same. Certainly Bill Clinton and Chinua Achebe have similarities and differences. Great speakers and authors always have a message. The central message is the main idea of what the speaker or author wants to tell you. Bill Clinton clearly states his message to his audience directly “But I guess what I really want to say to you today, my fellow Americans, is that we can do this and still fail unless we meet the great crisis of the spirit that is gripping America today.” Clearly Bill Clinton wants his audience to know that violence is not going to solve anything and if America joins together everything will become better. Obviously Bill Clinton wants people to join each other not fight because that is what makes the issues even worse. Chinua Achebe states his central message mostly throughout the ending of the book. When Okonkwo gets banished from his village the reader gets a sense of what Achebe wants them to understand. Okonkwo was certainly not the nicest man in the village. He would beat his wives, children and hated his father. After all the bad things he has done the tables have turned and now his son Nyowe has converted to Christianity. Okonkwo didn’t have power anymore so he couldn’t do anything. The ending of Okonkwo shows how the fate of a terrible person is never good. Certainly at end Achebe reveals the true message through the District Commissioner’s thoughts. “The story of this man who had killed a messenger and hanged himself would make interesting reading. One could write a whole chapter on him....
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