The King's Speech Analytical Essay

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God Save The King’s Speech Academy award winning film, The King’s Speech, is a motivational movie where voice and courage become a matter of life and death. Prince Albert, later known as King George VI (Colin Firth), stammers excessively and uncontrollably through his inaugural speech closing the 1925 British Empire Exhibition due to a speech impediment. After finishing such a disappointing speech, Prince Albert decides to give up on himself and accept his fate as a stammering heir to the throne. However, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), enlists him to see an Aussie speech therapist that goes by the name of Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) whose “Antipodean methods are known to be ‘unorthodox’ and ‘controversial,’” (“The King’s …show more content…
He gave bad vibes to the audience as he swayed back and forth, grasped the microphone with great uncertainty, and held a blank gaze across the stadium while blinking constantly. At that point, the only thing identifying him as heir to the throne was his suit and position in the stadium. Confidence, appearance and body motion are perhaps one of the most important factors on determining whether a person is a great speaker or not. As mentioned in class, “you don’t want to make out with a prop, freeze during the middle of a speech, or throw someone off because of your appearance” (Reed). Due to these bad qualities as a speaker, one may conclude that your body motion, physical touch, appearance and personal objects are crucial when addressing a crowd or an individual. In addition to Ms.Reed’s ideology, Julia Wood stresses the need for effective nonverbal behaviors in proxemics ,environment, chronemics, and silence when communicating. Lionel teaches Prince Albert how to use his space wisely, to feel comfortable in every setting, and to not collapse under the pressure of time. Prince Albert learns to substitute his stammer for silence in order to add more power and intensity to his speech. In one scene Lionel says, “long pauses are good: they add solemnity to great occasions” (“The King’s Speech (2010)”). In the final speech, Lionel props up the room where King George VI will be speaking in a manner