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The Great Speech Analysis
Transcript of The Great Speech Analysis
September 3rd, 1939 Analysis of Content The Speech The Broadcast Why? The Audience Acknowledging the Challenge Devices Recap King George VI Became King unexpectedly, following his brother, King Edward VIII's abdication of the throne in 1936
Because of his stammer, many thought him unfit for the throne
"The King's Speech" Pathos - George proves he can lead a nation through war
Ethos - Can the nation meet the challenge? Trust the strength and stability of the king and the nation
Anaphora/Imagery - Personal anaphora, addresses himself several times and describes personal actions like sending a message or entering a house
Scare Tactic - England is not the strongest country to fight this war
Mood - Solemn but proud and optimistic
Diction - basic diction for the wide range of listeners
Established a "fear factor"
Nation’s duty to respond to the threat and do their best to protect the world from further destruction, even though this war was “forced” upon them
Scare Tactic - the UK is not the most powerful nation engaged in this war
Germany’s “selfish pursuit of power” and also their “disregard of treaties and solemn pledges.”
If Germany would succeed, the people of the world would be in “bondage of fear.”
Justice and liberty must be upheld by the UK and her allies
Pathos – George VI uses the emotion of fear to convince the people that the war will not be an easy victory Through the innovative use of radio, the broadcast reached his people in Britain, and throughout the Empire overseas
Daunting task because of his stutter
With the radio being such new technology, he introduces a technique; he creates this image of him “crossing your threshold” and uses personal anaphoras to make it seem like he was actually talking to you personally George VI broadcasted this speech immediately after Britain's Declaration of War against Germany on September 3, 1939
He was informing people of what was occurring and what was to happen in the near future
George's first wartime speech as king The peoples of the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, territories).
The speech reached the audience mainly through radio broadcast, but also through printed transcript in the newspaper
All different ages, genders, social classes, races, etc.
Although meant to empower the nation, the king was addressing the world and calling them to battle
"But far more than this - the peoples of the world would be kept in the bondage of fear, and all hopes of settled peace and of the security of justice and liberty among nations would be ended." Originally known as Albert or "Bertie" he was born as the second son to the Duke of York, later King George V Married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon They had two daughters, Elizabeth (the current queen of England) and Margaret He had a stammer that began in his childhood and carried on through his life
Forced to wear painful splints and write with right hand (naturally left-handed)
Suffered from chronic stomach problems Erin Iovinelli
AP L+C Introduction Mobilization Works Cited BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices." A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"HISTORIC ROYAL SPEECHES AND WRITINGS." Royal UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"History of the Monarchy The House of Windsor George VI." History of the Monarchy The House of Windsor George VI. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"King George VI." King George VI. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
"The King to His Peoples. H.M. King George VI from Buckingham Palace September 3rd 1939." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Aug. 2009. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. Everyone is equal as a nation throughout wartime, even a king and his people
A nation should be united during wartime
Ethos – the people trust the king, they will listen to him and invite him into their homes through the radio
He begins by addressing his people in a familiar, yet solemn way: “I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message." Prepare the country for wartime, reminder that this will not be over any time soon
Empower the nation and remind citizens of their strength in character and their ability to overcome the darkest of times Ethos – George is building up his ethos, his character, by proving he is a strong leader. Although he has been looked upon as weak and unmanly because of his stutter and poor public speaking skills, he has the mindset to overcome a war.
Pathos – Do the right thing and the question: to do what is easy or what is right? “For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, and of the world's order and peace, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge.” Discussion Questions 1. Is this speech an effective mobilization speech, or does it scare the audience too much?
2.Why would George VI and the nation as a whole be concerned that his speech impediment would impact his ability to lead?