Distinctive Voices Essay

1087 Words May 14th, 2013 5 Pages
Compare the way distinctive voices are created in the speeches set for study and one related text.

Distinctive voices can lead us to think about significant issues that occur in the world. Distinctive voices are created through a number of language techniques such as rhetorical devices. These enhance the meaning of the speeches and depict the key information that allows listeners to be alert of the issue the speaker is raising. They all challenge society by standing up for people and their own beliefs. Dr. Martin Luther King and Severn Cullis-Suzuki both demonstrate the importance of their discussed issue throughout their speeches. In King’s I Have a Dream, he comments on the issue of black and white segregation and Suzuki raises the
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The use of irony, rhetorical question and litotes proves this notion further. The example of these techniques is when she speaks “Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?” The irony of the sentence is within the word “little”. It is emphasising that this is not a small issue. It is a big one that needs to be saved. Litotes is also in the word “little” as she is making an understatement of the issue to the people. Her use of a rhetorical question forces the audience’s emotions to be present. This creates pathos as she gains sympathy from the United Nations as they identify with their own inner child. Suzuki challenges the audience with her rhetorical question as it makes them think to themselves and reflect on the past.

Michael Moore cleverly raises his concerns of the issue of gun control and usage in the United States in his film Bowling for Columbine. With use of montage, he challenges people’s thoughts and emotions. The montage consists of many confronting images that aim for a reality check to people who use guns. Sarcasm is adapted with the use of diegetic sound. Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World is playing over the top of the clips. He emphasises the ridiculousness of the situation and causes pathos to show through his audience. The confronting images are supposed to make America aware of the violence that

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