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'Yes We Can' by Barack Obama

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Vincy Jain

on 5 September 2012

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Transcript of 'Yes We Can' by Barack Obama

By Katie, Cathy and Vincy 'Yes We Can' by Barack Obama The speech 'Yes We Can' is presented by Barack Obama before he was elected as president of the United States Of America. He is the first African American to hold the office. Who is presenting the speech? The speech is delivered on 8th January, 2008 at New Hampshire, America. Where and when is the speech being
delivered? The audience is the citizens of The United State of America for they are the rightful voters Who is the audience? The message of the speech 'Yes We Can Change - only if you elect me for president' The message of this speech is also that 'we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story' The 'we' being Americans What is the message in the speech? Thanks for Watching How convincing is the speech? The speech is highly convincing. It addresses the citizens directly as Obama intends to unite them and inspire a sense of patriotism. He includes a number of important issues such as the war in Iraq, education of children, health care, tax payments and economy to capture the audiences' attention. He instils the idea tat nothing can stand in the way of a million voices calling for change.Obama also emphasises te power of American resolve, and that they can indeed change the world by voting for him. Language Techniques -Contrasting pairs like 'young and old', 'rich and poor', 'latino and asian' to show equality and to indicate the huge range of audience
-Repetition of the phrase 'yes we can' is continually repeated so that these words would be imprinted in the minds of Americans, making the speech more memorable.
-Metaphor is used in 'corridors of shame', emphasising the fact that students were straying off the right path and bringing shame to their home and country
-Hyperbole is used in 'the outrage of unavailable health care' to indicate the unacceptableness of the situation and that something must be done about it.
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