Language of a Public Figure
The opening of the speech is very clear and direct, setting a serious essence for the audience to appreciate the detailed fashion in which Obama will go on to explain the effects of Osama Bin Laden, America’s actions, the assassination, and the important distinguishing of Islam and Pakistan from Al Qaeda. Obama is very profound for his use of emotive language; in this speech, he exemplifies this immediately. His use of antitheses opens with, “a bright September day was darkened”. He then goes on to take the spectators back to the tragic day of 9/11. He says, “Hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky, the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground, black smoke billowing up from The Pentagon”. These noun phrases instantly create an emotional rapport between Obama and the viewers. The snapshots are also very deliberately articulated using the present tense; showing that memories will never be forgotten. Obama cleverly changes his pace for a greater emphasis when delivering each noun phrase; he opens the first one slowly, giving a more dramatic prominence, and then speeds up with more power when reminding us of the collapsing of the Twin Towers, inducing a more serious, painful experience. The use of the word “seared” sums up the horrific event, construing pain, trauma and permanence. The president’s use of the united pronouns, “we”, “our” and “us” are ever present in nearly all of his speeches. These key words speak to the subconscious of the listener, giving a strong sense of unity and togetherness; also an extremely common factor in Barack’s speeches. Barack Obama also shows a greater understanding of the effects of 9/11 by mentioning, “The empty seat at the dinner table, children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father, parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace” This use of nouns phrases proves to the audience that Barack feels pain and suffering too; but mostly that he...
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