Analysis Of Emma Watson's Speech As An Un Women Equality Speech

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The extract is a transcript of Emma Watson’s speech as an UN Women Goodwill Ambassador advocating gender equality. The speech is given at a event for HeForShe campaign held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, 20 September 2014. Her speech shows her concern about feminism and there is a need for gender equality. Through her speech, she attempts to inform and persuade the audience on the needs of gender equality and a change in views of stereotypes. The speech that was presented uses rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos and logos to support her claim on gender equality.

Watson’s speech uses a very simplistic structure whereby she states her purpose in uniting women and men together against gender inequality. The campaign aim as stated
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Emma Watson constantly appeal to emotions in her speech, maintaining an emotional connection with the audience. At the beginning of the speech, she already uses pathos to appeal to the emotions of the audience.She was very straight cut in her speech by stating that they are “launching a campaign called “HeForShe””. This allow the audience to know that her speech was going to be about feminism and gender equality. “I am reaching out to you because I need your help.” implies that she need everyone assistance to make things happen. She also constantly refers the audience as a collective group using pronoun like “we”, “you”, “us” to bring in a sense of closeness and addressing them directly. She wrapped up her speech appealing to pathos once again, “We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a uniting movement.” Furthermore, she also utilises logos in her speech to allow the audience to have a better understand of the importance of gender equality. An example is the statistics that she provides in the middle of her speech that “UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49 years of age” This shows the severity of gender inequality and a change to this is required. It also brings in the support of the men for gender equality which the purpose of her …show more content…
Emma Watson addresses stereotypes by using repetition at the middle of the speech to emphasise her point that men does not need to be the one in control, “If men don't have to be aggressive in order to be … If men don't have to control…” There is a clear use of parallelism nearing the end of her speech,“if not me, who? If not now, when?” “if not me, who?” shows that she has to take the step first because nothing would be done on if everyone thinks that someone else would do it. This allow the audience to know that they themselves have to do something in order to make world a better

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