Distinctive Voices

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Compare the way distinctive voices are created in the speeches set for study and one related text.

Distinctive voices can lead us to think about significant issues that occur in the world. Distinctive voices are created through a number of language techniques such as rhetorical devices. These enhance the meaning of the speeches and depict the key information that allows listeners to be alert of the issue the speaker is raising. They all challenge society by standing up for people and their own beliefs. Dr. Martin Luther King and Severn Cullis-Suzuki both demonstrate the importance of their discussed issue throughout their speeches. In King’s I Have a Dream, he comments on the issue of black and white segregation and Suzuki raises the issues relating to the environment in her Address to the Plenary Session. A comparison can be made between the two along with Michael Moore’s film, Bowling For Columbine to analyse how a distinctive voice is created to raise important issues.

Dr. Martin Luther King challenges American society in his speech I Have a Dream for the right of his own race. His strong use of anaphora creates a distinctive voice throughout his entire speech. King’s use of anaphora is most likely what led him to name his speech I Have a Dream. He continues to repeat “I have a dream” and “I have a dream today” in a large chunk of his speech. This is emphasising what he truly believes in for America. He is emphasising that a change is needed to be made to placate a population of African-Americans. The change is to also unite everyone as a nation. King’s distinctive voice depicts his determination. Pathos is created with King’s strong priest like tone of voice and appears as if he is preaching to his audience of his message. His preaching of repetitive, memorable words are those that lead his audience to think about the issue he is talking about.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only 12 years old when she ‘stopped the world for 5 minutes’. She spoke in...
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