module B essay

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"Explore how time and place are used in the prescribed speeches to shape the audience's understanding of how knowledge of the past sheds light on the present" - HSC 2013

Speeches form an interpretation of historical events and values which are moulded around the speaker's opinions and ideology. Paul Keating's 'Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier' 1993 and Noel Pearson's 'An Australian History for Us All' 1996, demonstrate a contrast between how a historical and contextual understanding of these speeches helps create the necessary apperception on the given audience to convey the speaker's message appropriately. Despite the fact that both speeches were given in the mid 1990s, they were addressed to different types of
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The specific audience that this speech was delivered to, one filled with academics, largely influences the way the speech was written and then delivered. Constant references to specific aspects of Australian society, such as "the black armband view of history" shows that Pearson's intention was to deliver this speech to a specific type of audience, and unless a there was a thorough understanding of historical events and well as contextual knowledge, individual's would not be able to grasp the overall purpose and message of this speech.

Both Pearson and Keating address patriotism within their speeches, but do so in contrasting ways. Keating addresses the acknowledgement of all Australians who have participated and been sacrificed in war. As this is an easily comprehendible idea it remains a more widely appreciated speech in comparison to Pearson's, which highlights the difference in the necessary historical and contextual understanding of the audience. He also addresses how as a nation we should pay our respects to the men who have fallen in battle as they create a strong part of our national identity in a historical context. "And he is one of us.", enforces that all Australians are part of one society, ignoring any aspect of racism, while Pearson actively

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