Margaret Atwood's Influential Speeches

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The speeches set for study continue to engage audiences through their rhetorical treatment of human aspirations (ambition) and beliefs Influential speeches must incorporate rhetoric, resonating with the audience’s aspirations and beliefs so that the speaker can bridge a connection with the responder, effectively evoking their emotions and alter their perspectives to parallel that of the speaker. This engagement of the audience is portrayed through Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech The Keynote address at the Beijing World Conference (keynote) as she passionately conveys the unjust ideology of the roles of women. Margaret Atwood demonstrates a similar understanding but through a more subtle and sincere manner, through the portrayal of women in literature,…show more content…
Suu Kyi, in her feministic speech, Keynote emphasizes of the uneven distribution of power between the genders through a personal anecdote, “Last Month, I was released from almost six years of house arrest”. She positions herself in a dire situation as her experiences with sexual discrimination within Burma have awakened herself in representing the women community. The responders will become sympathetic towards Suu Kyi, hence, being emotionally attached and intrigued. Margaret Atwood utillises pathos in regards to humour unlike the compassion generated in Keynote in order to reinforce the fact that the portrayal on women in literature is mistreated. She mocks the nonsense remarks towards her literature through the biblical allusion, “this is a matter which should more properly be taken up with god”, emphasizing how it is a matter outside the range of power. The inclusion of the hyperbole humanizes her character, portraying herself as an easy going humourous being. This triggers the audience’s hilarity, instigating them to become attentive and interested towards the points Atwood attempts to convey. As both texts competently illuminate their values and ideas towards the listeners, their emotions will intermingle with the speakers, ultimately, placing them in a situation of
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