Funeral Service Of The Unknown Soldier Speech Analysis

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A great speech, when delivered, will stir up different perspectives within its audiences, leaving the responder’s questioning some aspects of their own beliefs. Two examples of such speeches include Paul Keating’s ‘Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier’ and Noel Pearson’s ‘An Australian History for us all’. In 1993, the concept of the Australian identity was continually being questioned, reflected by reconciliation and the Land Title Act. Both Keating and Pearson present these ideas through their speeches, their common perspectives of the Australian identity being reflected in their use of repetition, strong, powerful language and other rhetorical devices. Although each leader shares common ideas, their approaches in presenting these ideas differ greatly. Keating appeals to the audience’s emotions in an effort to unite all Australians during a commemorative time, whereas Pearson tries to reason with the audience’s intellect, attempting to achieve reconciliation. The reception of each speech is greatly influenced by the speech’s sole purpose and context, whether it be in the 1990s or in the present.…show more content…
These occurrences led to the questioning of the Australian identity, whether Australians could or could not accept Aboriginal Australians as a part of us. One other memorable speech delivered by Keating was the Redfern Speech, urging white Australians to achieve reconciliation. Keating’s speech to the Unknown Soldier was delivered on Remembrance Day of 1993, when he was Prime Minister and the links to the few surviving ANZACs were being lost. The significance of Remembrance Day is that it gave Keating’s audience a common sense of purpose and focus, that is, to honour the

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