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Nobel Lecture Malala Yousafzai

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Transcript of Nobel Lecture Malala Yousafzai

Prominent figure in current social movement
Uses series of rhetorical devices to enhance her point
Not all devices are used sufficiently
Nobel Lecture Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai gave her Nobel Lecture on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway
Why: "I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls." (Yousafzai)
Strengths
Yousafzai uses a series of rhetorical, and persuasive devices to make her speech effective.
Limitations:

Some rhetorical devices could have been modified so the speech would apply to audiences outside the Nobel prize committee.

Conclusion
Despite a few limitations in the writing and presentation
of the speech, Yousafzai
effectively advocates for children's education
by using rhetorical devices, such as
parallel structure, repetition, and rhetorical questions
, in her Nobel prize speech.
In Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Lecture for the 2014 peace prize, she successfully conveys the message to protect young individuals throughout the world by using various rhetorical devices.
No context: "
As Kailash Satyarthi mentioned
, many children, especially in India and Pakistan are deprived of their right to education" (Yousafzai).
Repetition when reading:
Relies mainly on pathos, with no expert testimony and few statistics to back up her arguments
"The number of children out of school has been halved [...] however, the world only focused on primary education" (Yousafzai).

Modifications on the given context, use of repetition, the addition of logos, and changes in volume could broaden the audience of the speech.
Delivery of the speech:
all one volume
Yousafzai uses parallel structure to appear humble and to inform listeners about her desire to learn and improve the world
"Some people call me
the girl shot
by the Taliban. And some the girl who
fought for her rights
. Some people, call me a
'Nobel Laureate'
now." (Yousafzai)
"Though I appear as one girl, though I appear as one girl, one person"
(Yousafzai)
"
Let us become the first generation
to decide to be the last,
let us become the first generation
that decides to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potentials.

Let this be the last time a girl
or a boy spends their childhood in a factory

Let this be the last time
that a child loses life to war.

Let this be the last time
we see a child out of school.

Let this end with us
."
(Yousafzai)
Effective use of repetition:
She begins with saying
"Dear Brothers and Sisters" and repeats it three more times during the speech
(Yousafzai)
"Dear
brothers and sisters
, today in half of the world, we see rapid progress and development."
(Yousafzai)
Rhetorical Question: "
Why should girls
go to school,
why
is it important for them? But I think the more important question is
why shouldn't they, why shouldn't they have the right
to go to school?" (Yousafzai)
(AP)
(Malala)
(Shahid)
Works Cited
AP. Yousafzai and Satyarthi win peace prize. The Hindu. N.p., 10 Dec. 2014. Web.
17 Mar. 2015. <http://thehindu.com>.
Cowell, Alan. "Pakistani Activist, 15, Recovering at ‘Encouraging Speed,’ Father Says." The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 19 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nytimes.com>.
Malala Fund. Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech. YouTube. N.p., 11 Dec.
2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2015. <http://www.youtube.com>.
Shahid, Khuldune. Malala Yousafzai. Why I Hate Malala Yousafzai. N.p., 11 Oct.
2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. <http://saddahaq.com>.
Yousafzai, Malala. "Nobel Lecture." 10 Dec. 2014. Nobelprize.org. N.p., n.d.
Web. 19 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nobelprize.org>.
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Lecture
(Cowell)
"I had two options. One was to remain silent

and
wait to be killed
. And the second was to speak up and
then be killed
. I chose the second one." (Yousafzai)
"We could not just stand by and see those
injustices of the terrorists denying our rights
...The terrorists tried to stop us and attacked me and my friends who are here today,
on our school bus in 2012
, but neither their ideas nor their bullets could win." (Yousafzai)
Malala Yousafzai gives specific examples of the
sacrifices and the violence that she

and many
other girls have had to endure. Yousafzai provides historical context as to why she was shot in the head, why she continues to fight for the
educational rights of women and why she continues to give speeches
to educate individuals on the fight for education that is happening in other countries.
Parallel Structure: Creates an easier way for the readers to
digest the information
, and was a creative way to
make statements she wanted to emphasize
Repetition: Used to
emphasize
some of her points and was effective in
connecting
the audience to the speech.
Rhetorical Questions: She uses these to
question the audience's beliefs
, and to
make her points seem more valid,
therefore strengthening her argument
"Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim.
In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficient."
(Yousafzai)
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