Analysis Of Margaret Atwood 's Speech On Not Winning The Nobel Prize

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The enduring value of speeches lies in its ability to evoke emotions and persuade audiences with conviction while addressing controversial and complex issues. This is explored in Margaret Atwood’s speech, “Spotty Handed Villainess” (1994) and Doris Lessing’s speech, “On not winning the Nobel Prize” (2007) which heavily explores the differences between first world and third world countries. Both these composers address the issues of injustices in their society and they are driven to deliver their speeches with the desire the challenge the audience’s perceptions and shift their understanding of the world. Atwood’s speech was published after the third wave feminism which embraces contradictions and conflicts, accommodating for diversity and change, she explores controversial issues such as the portrayal of women in literacy as being limiting and not an accurate reflection on society. On the other hand, Lessing’s speech highlights the disparity between third world and first world countries, reinforcing hunger for education contrasted with the lack of appreciation.

The only way to rectify the issues of social injustices and inequity is to not dwell on the past, rather focus on the achieving a better future. Atwood explores the idea of presenting some women as evil in literature as it is an accurate representation of society which consists of, “the murderers, the espionage agents, the cheats, the bad mothers and the stepmothers” the cumulative listing of all the evil women…

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