The Apology On Two Faces Essay

1439 Words Oct 5th, 2016 6 Pages
On 13 February 2008, the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, delivered his apology to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the parliament. This is considered as an important point in current Australian history as it revise the past which would influence the relations between Australian groups in present and future. (Nobles, 2008).In order to understand how he tried to create an imagined community in his speech, I will analyse the apology on two faces: rhetoric and content. Firstly, I will point out how the use of words help him to create image of nation and the language he used to create such a feeling of belonging to Australia. Then, I will examine the main ideas which he use to promote national unity by unifying Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians under the spirit of reconciliation. According to Benedict Anderson, written in his famous book Imagined community in 1983 ‘nation is an imagined community because the member of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the mind of each lives the image of their communion’. (p.15). the sense of belonging to a nation is usually created by the media, the symbol and ceremony. In the context of the speech made by the Prime Minister, nation image is constructed by political discourse. it can be seen that Australia, as a nation, is also an imagined community. it is necessary for the Prime Minister to create a sense of belonging to a community so that he can…

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