You have been invited to give a speech to the Australian Speaking Society on the topic ‘great speeches – the secret of success.’ Write the transcript for the speech including references to at least three speeches set for study. ***
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer and poet of the mid-19th century once said: “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel,” and how correct is he even today. Speeches are an essential form of communication in our society as it has the capabilities to approach concerning issues in either a serious or humorous way. To me, an effective speech incorporates useful information, utilises emotions and is appropriate to its context. Throughout my presentation, I will be referring to three speeches, ‘Spotty Handed Villainesses’ by Margaret Atwood, Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Keynote Address at the Beijing World Conference on Women’ and Faith Bandler’s “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation”. These three great speeches have transcended time through the speaker’s use of effective language and form techniques in addressing the rhetoric triangle, ethos, logos and pathos. They do not only evoke emotions and show logic but are also interesting to read today. From here onwards, I’ll be splitting my presentation into three areas: ethos, logos and pathos. I will be demonstrating how the speakers’ ability to precisely target the rhetoric triangle has made it so successful that it has transcended time. If a speaker is perceived as having ‘good sense, good moral character and good will’ the audience is inclined to believe the speaker. This is achieved, I believe, through the appropriateness of the topic and through tone and style. In her speech “Spotty Handed Villainesses” spoken in 1994, Margaret Atwood had the purpose to entertain, inform and challenge the views of the audience on concepts such as fiction and feminism. Atwood is able to draw upon the audience’s sympathy and rapport to achieve ethos – credibility and...
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