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Explore the similarities and differences between the three examples of speech, including a consideration of the different contexts in which the texts were produced and how the speakers convey attitudes and values.

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Explore the similarities and differences between the three examples of speech, including a consideration of the different contexts in which the texts were produced and how the speakers convey attitudes and values. Text A was both published and delivered by David Lloyd George as a speech in 1914. 'The great pinnacle of sacrifice' is a text of persuasion in support of the war. It does not have the benefit of hindsight that we have today, which allows us to establish a context an audience of 1914 would not have been able to do. Lloyd George opens with the concrete noun "The people", this puts everyone into a metaphorical firing line, underlining the purpose that everyone will benefit from going to war. "Great menace" and "Freedom" are superlative noun phrases that are juxtaposed to reinforce the opinion that by going to war all unpleasant necessities will be avoided. Lloyd George uses the declarative "That is not all"; this emphatic, simple sentence shows he doesn't allow room for interpretation, which is typical of political speech. He uses the collocation "new" and "old" in an attempt to rank all members of society together as an act of capturing this equal status. He continues with the comparative adjectives "richer/nobler" suggesting how life could be as a result, making the future seem rosy. Lloyd George refers to imagery taken from the Bible "Great food of luxury". ...read more.

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This is humorous, but also making a veiled connotation to Baldrick's intelligence (maturity-childlike). Blackadder is de-meaning him for his audience. Whichever way Blackadder places his patronising attitude whether it is tentative or demeaning he his only after his official goal; to obtain and prove his superior rank to the audience. Baldrick's total lack of understanding and through his connective declarative; "So, the poor old ostrich died for nothing" proves he has learned nothing and produces a more comical affect as his statement is not connected at all to George's last utterance. George uses fairly racist, harsh language; pre-modifier "vile", which British soldiers would have used at the time and the fact that he is totally un-shocked by Blackadder's expletive language "It was bollocks" (which would have shocked audiences at the time) allows us to feel a slight pity towards his passion in his order in rank. George's patrism makes a slight insight to his idiotism; "Henry VIII and his Six Knives". The fact that these three characters with their different status in society have been stuck together for a long time creates the humorous content needed to steer clear of the harsh reality of a War, I feel it's main purpose is therefore to entertain. Text C is an extract of spoken language and the manner is formal as it is three educators discussing the affects of both WWI and II. ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel this may be because of the dates in which each text was created. David Lloyd George is the earliest of the three and this is not only clear through his strong use of biblical imagery, but his main aim to uplift and ignite positivity in his audience, who do not have the benefit of hindsight. Therefore its purpose is to inspire. Blackadder is next on the time-scale and the audience of 1992 are able to have hindsight and are therefore able to understand the black humour towards the satire of the piece. Hence it's main purpose to entertain. And finally Teacher's Speech has an informational purpose, containing ideas and opinions that only the benefit of hindsight would allow us to summon and understand. It is acknowledgeable that through the passing of time, a subject from long ago may still be discussed and has the same ability to cause confusion and passion in the lives of people everywhere. The people of 1914, Lloyd George's Speech, may have had different views or opinions to an audience of 1992, Blackadder and present day, Teacher's speech, but the topic of the effects of the War is still as easily roused now as it was then. The people of today are able to obtain the same passion as the people of 1914, seeing that their lives would not be the same if the older generations of their family hadn't fought so bravely and created that passion to begin with. Time is not an excuse to lose acknowledgement and enthusiasm. Katie E Payne ...read more.

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