Comparing and Contrasting Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address and Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech
In Kevin Rudd’s speech, he wants this occasion to be remembered for years to come; much like Mandela he wants this to be “a new future for this great land” referring to Australia of course. Rudd starts his speech with a contradiction “right a great wrong” although these are two direct opposites he uses it too great effect. Again like Mandela, Rudd uses personal pronouns throughout his address to gain this sense of unity throughout the country. The repetition of “this day, this day” is a sign that this is going to be a part of history to come for Australia. Rudd uses a series of strong emotive language like “Injustice” to emphasise that this is a matter that needed to be apologized for, that he does care about it, that it is a great wrong. The speaker also uses an extended book metaphor throughout with quotes such as “a new chapter” signifying that this really is a new start the country, A new start for new generations to come knowing that they will be free.
Both politicians raise the inflection and volume of their voices at the positive