Paul Keating's Controversial Argument Analysis

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Using language and form, it is clear that Paul Keating attempts to present a strong, controversial argument outlining the role of White Australians in facilitating the decades of systemic injustice towards Indigenous peoples. This provocative idea is best expressed through Keating appeal to pathos where he states ‘...we smashed the traditional way of doing things...we committed the murders...’. Keating’s anaphora of the inclusive pronoun
‘...we...’, accentuated by his focus on intensely emotional subject matter, serve to evoke a strong sense of pathos in his non-Aboriginal secondary audience by implying a collective responsibility on the part of White Australian’s for the past injustice directed towards the native people. By inculpating his