Use Of Malalala Day Speech

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Discuss the use of language use in Malala’s “Malala day” speech to the UN Youth Assembly. –Emily Jones.

Malala Yousafzia delivered her speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday. This speech was significant as Malala is the youngest person to date to receive the Nobel Peace prize. The purpose of this speech was to unify and help society move forward with education becoming a right for boys and girls worldwide.
During her speech Malala refers to her audience as her brothers and sisters to address them. Shown in the following quote “Respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters”. This shows an acknowledgement that Malala is aware she is younger or a similar age to the majority of her audience and when delivered she
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“Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born” Malala uses the rule of three here also to demonstrate what the Taliban want her to feel after her attack and the following line demonstrates how she feels about it. The use of “died” and “born” being two contradicting statements in the same paragraph allows the listeners to interpret that in life or death situations you need strength power and courage. This could also interpreted as women’s rights to education in Pakistan is hopeless to campaign for unless you have the qualities Malala states above. Furthermore, the use of the pause allows for the audience to understand what Malala depicts before she continues. Moreover, she looks down whilst saying “Weakness, fear and hopelessness died.” Then proceeds to hold her head higher whilst saying “Strength, power and courage was born” making the audience see her as triumphant whilst campaigning for women’s rights to education in Pakistan. It is surprising to see that she is stronger and more powerful after the attack because typically after a near death experience the person would be discouraged to continue campaigning. However, Malala is not due to her strong passion for education becoming a …show more content…
“Mohammed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha.” The use of the rule of three when talking about various gods shows that no matter what religion you are from or walk of life, each religion teaches peace and compassion. As she states prior “Even if there was a gun in my hand and he (the Talib) was standing in front of me I would not shoot him This is the compassion I have learnt from Mohammed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha.” Which reinforces that she believes that what the Taliban are doing in the name of their god (removing the right for women and girls to have an education) is wrong and it is against what religions preach. It could also be implied that, due to the media’s portrayal of the Taliban and saying that it represents an entire religion is not true. Which she demonstrates by explaining to the audience compassion is what religion teaches. Not starting

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