Comparing and Contrasting Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address and Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech

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Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address was delivered outdoors in an amphitheatre on 10th May 1994 at the Union Buildings, South Africa. The Union Buildings housed the first democratically elected, first black and first equal president of South Africa. This historic event was attended by politicians and dignitaries from over 140 countries all over the world, such as Bill Clinton, the President of the United States at the time, and John Mayor, British PM at the time. This address was to show that after years of oppression, blacks and coloureds were no longer separated from whites and the country was starting to become united as one. Fourteen years after this celebrated address, new Labor Prime Minister of Australia after ten years of Liberal …show more content…
He uses the basic necessities of “work, bread, water and salt.” as an indication of the past poverty of some citizens and the wealth of others, but also indicates that everyone will be provided with these vital necessities in the near future. The aphorism of “God Bless Africa” sums up the speech by uniting everyone as a whole and to show there are no differences between anyone God’s eyes…
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

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