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7.01 Evaluating a Speaker

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bryanna holledge

on 1 August 2014

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Transcript of 7.01 Evaluating a Speaker

Ideas and Emphasis:
Ideas and Emphasis:
Point of View:
This speech is being told from the fist person point of view. For example, "I miss her smile. She had an amazing smile," (Alex Brown's mother.) We know it was done in first person, because the speaker keeps referring back to their self a 'I' and Alex's mother. By being told the story in first person, it helps give the audience have a better concept of the emotions Alex's family had. It's easier to connect with someone when you're been repeatedly told this is how I felt, rather than someone else telling how they felt.
The tone of this speech was very sad, tragic, and devastating. The diction used by the authour, as well as by Alex's parents, really drive home their emotions. It gives a different perspective, it makes you think what your family would go through if it were you. It was really well done.
7.01 Evaluating a Speaker
Speakers Claim:
Alex was born on December 29, 1991. She died on November 10, 2009 at the age of 17. It was a normal day in Wellman, Texas, Alex woke up and went about her morning routine. She didn't have to be at school until 9:30am and decided to take the long route she loved, even though her parents were fond of it. While distracted by her phone, Alex lost control of the wheel, subsequently causing a serious accident. Her parents had told her numerous occasions that it was dangerous, and that she needed to leave her phone alone while driving, or she was going to have an accident. According to Alex's father he said to her, "'You've got to stop this. You're going to have a wreck if you continue doing this,' but her mentality was it wasn't going to happen to her, because she looked me right in the eye and said, "Dad, no, I'm not." Alex was kept alive by doctors for two days, but on the 12th of November in 2009, Alex Brown passed away.
Despite thinking that it will never happened to you, texting while driving is exceedingly dangerous and can cause traffic accidents. The speaker illicitly states, '...distracted driving kills, safe driving starts with you.' Even Alex's mother agrees, as she stated, "With kids that age, I think it's more of an addiction, you know, they have to get that text; they have to be talking to somebody all the time. She believed me in so many things, and she did what I told her to do the whole time she was growing up, but this one thing we couldn't get her to quit.
The idea of the speech was the dangers of distracted driving. 'After Alex died, and we went home, I got on the internet to check her phone records. And my husband came up and he goes, "What are you doing?" And I said, "I want to know if she was texting and driving." And he said she was,' as said by Alex's mother. It was emphasized throughout the speech, even when Alex's father said, 'I told her, I said, "You've got to stop this. You're going to wreck if you continue to do this." But, her mentality was it wasn't going to happen to her, because she looked me right in the eye and said, "Dad, no, I'm not." Cause that happens to all the other people.'
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