Thesis: equality, unity, protection
Body paragraph of Obama
Barak Obama is the first and current African American president inaugurated. His cultural background, being of mix race gives rise to his plight for equality and exposed the ethos and desire to obtain political unity and to protect the vulnerable and elderly American people. Obama opens his “inaugural speech” of 2013 with a quote from the American Constitution and its statement in regards to equality, acknowledging that the quest will be a difficult journey, “we must harness new ideas and technology….skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher”. The use of collective first person “we” forces the audience to accept their share of responsibility. Obama’s determined and committed voice echoes those of Lincoln and Luther King, whist the use of inclusive language reminds his audience that the need for a strong and unified America is now, if they are to overcome future struggles. The inclusive language implies a shared cause, “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” The repetition of “our” heightens the need for a unified approach in order to succeed and overcome future struggles for the individual and the nation. (Link back to question-it is clearly evident through such significant values that the need for unification is essential)
Whilst Obama discusses the urgency for equality and protection so to does Severn Cullis-Suzuki in her “Address to the Plenary Session, Earth Summit, 1992”. Whilst at a tender age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki addressed a room full of delegates, business people and politicians in order to persuade her listeners to be more considerate about the environment. Her passion was influenced by her fathers involvement as he was an environmental activist and her own insight into the depletion of the fish in the Vancouver waterways and her organisation of the ECO – The Environmental Children’s...
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