Throughout the speech Aung San Suu Kyi’s focal points aim at female empowerment, female representation in politics, and controversially, the idea that women are pacifying, because they are nurturing.
In the first paragraph, Kyi immediately engages her audience by using inclusive pronouns such as “our” and “us”. The positive tone of the opening lines of her speech further involves the audience’s attention and creates a sense of familiarity between the speaker and the listeners. Inclusive language is also used throughout the speech and unifies the audience as she speaks of her contributions in a modest manner by stating that she is only making a ‘small contribution’.
Throughout her speech, the words ‘freedom’ and ‘suffering’ are constantly repeated. Aung San Suu Kyi establishes to her audience that where there is no freedom, there will always be suffering. Kyi also uses conjunctions throughout the speech highlighting facts like; “and who continue to suffer far more“ and “protecting and caring for the young and old”. By the use of this technique she is creating dramatic pauses so that the audience is allowed time to reflect on important issues.