Good morning/afternoon members of the board from Penguin. I am here today to convince you why the three texts Dear Mr President by Pink, Magnanimous In Victory by Tim Collins and Nelson Mandela release speech deserve to be in your new book “ Protests that changed the world”.
The first text that I would like to submit for your anthology is the song Dear Mr President as sung by P!nk. This song is a protest piece about war, poverty and societal classes. The song is full of rhetorical questions asking Former American President George W. Bush why there is so much injustice within his own country. Pink uses many techniques in her song such as repetition.
For example, the lyrics “Were you lonely boy? Are you lonely boy?” is a use of repetition and rhetorical question in order to highlight the fact that people surround him, but asks how many of them are really his friends?
Another technique is the use of emotive language through the lyrics “what do you feel when you see the homeless on the street? Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep? What do you feel when you look in the mirror, are you proud?” challenges Mr Bush to look at himself and be proud of his decisions that failed to help his country.
Some segments from her song like “How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?” and “Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away”, these words symbolise the Iraq war. This is a perfect reason why my anthology should be in your book, because it will teach the younger generation that there is war and the world isn’t peaceful in other counties.
I strongly believe that the song, Dear Mr President, should be used in your collection because it provides views on warfare and social issues in a protest manner. This bringing us back to the title of your collection, Protests that Changed the World.
The second piece that I would like to discuss is Tim Collins’ “Magnanimous in Victory”. This is a speech about war, respect and dignity....
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