Speeches Essay Keating/Bandler

English HSC Notes- Module B Essay

In your view, how have rhetorical techniques been used to reveal memorable ideas in the speeches set for study?
Speeches are written and orated to raise awareness of important issues present in the context of their composition. Through rhetorical techniques, many speeches convey memorable ideas that stay with the audience for a lifetime, and continue to speak to us and bear relevance in our present time. These memorable messages are evident in Faith Bandler’s Faith, Hope and Reconciliation [1999], Paul Keating’s Funeral Service of the Unknown Australian Soldier [1993] in their respective explorations of Aboriginal rights and war.
Faith Bandler uses a variety of rhetorical techniques in Faith, Hope and Reconciliation to portray her memorable message of equality. Bandler’s speech explores the prejudice that Aborigines had to endure, and encourages the reconciliation process to move faster. She opens her speech with separate acknowledgments to “the Indigenous people of Illawarra” and “Lord Mayor, Evelyn Scott, Linda Burney.” This highlights the division between races and subtly introduces her topic of reconciliation. She uses inclusive language to reveal “not what is in it for me, but what is in it for us”, and this is memorable as she is choosing not to divide, instead indicating the benefits of reconciliation to not just Indigenous Australians, but to all. This is unlike Noel Pearson, whose acerbic attack on John Howard’s politics was most memorable, sarcastically stating that Howard “might care to read Robert Hughes rather than the opinion polls” to “comprehend how we might deal with our history”. Bandler was an unwavering campaigner for equal rights in the 1960s, and was integral in making the 1967 Referendum a memorable success. She reminisces on how she and other activists had “lived, breathed, struggled... climbed”, where the cumulative listing emphasizes the hardships that Aborigines had to endure, as well as highlighting...