Today I’m here to present three texts that I believe should be included into the anthology “Protests that Changed the World” Each of these texts share similar context and are the same in purpose.
The power of a speech lies in its ability to persuade an audience successfully. With this in mind the three texts which I believe have shown great ability to as persuading audiences is The poem “Weapons Training” by Bruce Dawe, Charlie Chaplin’s speech from “The great dictator” and the song “Where is the love” by The Black Eyed Peas.
Weapons Training is a piece of war poetry written by Burce Dawe in 1970. This poem is considered a dramatic monologue spoken by an aggressive and intimidating sergeant who’s training soldiers that are about to be sent off to war.
Bruce Dawe has used rhetorical questions to encourage the reader or listener to consider the message or viewpoint. The rhetorical questions ‘what are you looking at? , What are you laughing at? , What are you going to do about it?’ used in Weapons Training are said in an aggressive tone, clearly used to bully its audience. Saying it in an aggressive tone provokes fear through the audience manipulating them into supporting the use of weapons. Although it is an issue one might usually not choose to support, the fact that it is said in such an intimidating tone encourages the listener to support it due to the fear of what the consequences might be if they don’t support what the speaker is promoting.
The author also uses repetition of the word “dead” this is clearly directed towards the soldiers in order to emphasise the officer’s message. This is a form of teaching the soldiers to hate, fear and listen to authority in order for them not to die needlessly. Repetition has also been to install fear into the audience as a way of turning them against weapons; he is emphasizing the harsh reality of what happens when weapons are used.
The use of onomatopoeia in this poem...