A Tryst with Destiny Essay example

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A Tryst with Destiny – An analysis
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge,” Just before midnight hour on the 14th of August Jawerharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, speaks these words of poetry and sends India into its first day of freedom.
The speech Prime Minister Nehru gives in August 1947, which makes India a country of its own and frees it from the English rule. This speech differs from so many others speeches given by prime ministers all over the world, because Nehru does not bring that many political factors into it. In fact this speech seems more like a piece of poetry celebrating India as land of beauty and its people capable of standing united and
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The only real political element in the speech is his want to fight poverty and disease, this speaking to the ethical element, ethos. But otherwise Nehru takes his time in summarizing, what India is all about.
By telling is wonderful, poetic tale of India Nehru uses many metaphors. First, calling a country “she” is a clear metaphor. The country is neither female nor male. He uses a metaphor again in the first part of the speech, when he says: “India will awake to life and freedom”. Again, it is metaphorically meant. The poetry comes to mind, when Nehru compares India newfound freedom with: “A new star of hope and freedom”. Many metaphors can sometimes get lost in the lyrics, but Nehru gives the listeners such clear images, that it cannot help but plant a national feeling in your heart. And along with that, hope.
Something that cannot escape your attention, if you are Indian in the 1940’s or knows some Indian history, is Nehru’s mention of Mahatma Gandhi, though his name is never spoken. Nehru calls Gandhi “the greatest man of our generation” the first time he is mentioned in the speech, thereby giving Gandhi a very special status among the Indian nation. The second time Nehru calls Gandhi “the architect of this freedom, father of our nation, who embodying the old spirit of India, held aloft the torch of freedom and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us” that really gives outsiders an image of this great person that united

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