Anwar Sadat's Redfern Speech

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The intimacy in delivering speeches is what assists the listener's’ understanding of the contextual events and conflicts. Through the exploitation of human emotions such as passion and conflict that transcend its context, best speakers are able to showcase the delivery of powerful speech through engagement and empathy gained from the reflection of contextual conflicts and dilemmas. The importance of acceptance and trust in achieving unity and harmony is explored in Anwar Sadat’s 1977 speech “Speech to the Israeli Knesset”, and showcases the capacity of a speech to comprehend and persuade. Similarly, Keating’s 1992 “Redfern Speech” addresses the idea that unity is achieved through acceptance of perceptions, and realisation of societal roles …show more content…
In his speech, “Redfern Speech” (1992), Keating expresses the need for “recognition” of past deeds and historical responsibility as he reflects his hope for a harmonious unification of the indigenous and non-indigenous population . Keating accumulates the cruel actions of White settlers, referring to them in the first person plural, showcasing “We took the traditional lands… we brought the diseases… we committed murders”. He appeals to pathos through the high modality language in anaphora of “We”, evoking guilt in the audience. The inclusive diction emphasises the need for non- aboriginals to recognise that “it was we who did the dispossessing”, and thus realise the “historical truth”.. Keating strengthens his perception on “recognition”, through expressing that “we” were the root of the problem, hence evoking empathy and delivering pathos. Keating showcases that such actions is the cause of the “devastation and demoralisation” brought upon by the white settlers. . This alliterative harshness aurally accentuates “our ignorance and our prejudice” that plague Australia with bigotry. Through such aural roughness, Keating describes the cruelty that the Aboriginal Australians faced, and thereby evokes empathy which reinforces his ideal that “recognition of historical truth” is needed for any unification to be achieved. Keating also emphasises