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Analysis of a Protest Song and Speech

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Tyrone Collier

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Vietnam Analysis
Importance of Speech
SONG AND SPEECH
Song- Revolution
- The Beatles
Released-22 November 1968
Recorded-30 May – 21 June 1968

Speech- Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Slience
-Rev. Martin Luther King
-4 April 1967, in a meeting at Riverside Church in NY

Importance of Song
"
You say you want a revolution But when you talk about destruction, don't you know you can count me out"
You can't simply solve a 'problem' with war and destruction. If you keep believing war will make peace i will not follow your rules.
"You better free your mind instead"
The only way to properly fix the war is to change your mind set, and leave things be.
"But when you want money, For people with minds that hate, All I can tell is brother you have to wait"
You are taking everything from the people at home, and they are giving twards something they do not believe in. Do not expect more from them.
Importance of the Speech
"These are revolutionary times"
People are looking and waiting for change.

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born.
With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores,
This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind.
To my fellow Americans who, with me, bear the greatest responsibility in ending a conflict that has exacted a heavy price on both continents.
"Revolting against old systems of exploration and oppression"
the people are tired of these old ways, they are looking for change and a new lifestyle to live and to reform.
These lines stood out to us because they took some of the major controversial ideas of the war and simplified them to show the views of the American citizens. King encourages his followers to protest but to do so in peaceful manner. He hints to the idea of a future that would include world peace. But to accomplish this, they all needed to work together not just a certain race but as a human race. He also confronts his subjects to take responsibility for the change that needed to occur.
Tone, Diction, Volume
King's tone was very serious and heartfelt, and he paused at times to let his words take hold of the audience. His diction was very cut and dry, and his volume was loud and bold over a mass of silent followers.
Where as The Beatles started their song with a loud guitar riff (volume) and later followed with slow monotone voices (terrible diction). They had an overall laid back tone and in a sense you could feel their 'chill' attitude.
Which one is better, and relevant?
We believe that the song is better at getting the message across. Music is a huge part of everyone's life. Not many people go around to this day quoting King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech, where as Revolution is still song to this day. Music has a larger impact to society because it is accessible.
By Braden Wise and Tyrone Collier
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