Throughout time, there has been conflict, war, poverty, depression, and times of crisis - all which have required a leader. Within these differing contexts these leaders often explore universal ideas of peace and unity. The ability of these individuals to express their message attains a far greater influence upon their audience, as they are able to appeal to the patriotic and autonomous values of the people. Consequently the relevance which is associated with these speeches transcends time, becoming applicable to various generations.

Such speeches are Paul Keating’s ‘Funeral Service for the Unknown Australian Soldier’ and Sir William Dean’s address on the occasion of an ecumenical service for the victims of the canyoning tragedy. Both of these express similar ideas of humanity, compassion and unity. Both of these composer’s effectively use the rhetoric to portray their messages, allowing for an emotional and sincere response among not only their given audiences, but through many generations.
Rhetoric is the art and study of the use of language with persuasive effect. Throughout European History, ethos, logos and pathos rhetoric appeals have apprehensively involved themselves with persuasion in public and political settings. An ancient art, still vibrant today, it’s the key dependency to create an affinity with an audience, to enforce there opinion and there belief. Matters entwined with rhetoric in speeches are generally the speeches, which transcend time.
Paul Keating’s Funeral Service of The Unknown Soldier, given on Remembrance Day, Is one of Australia’s most symbolic, captivating speeches. The Eulogy Broadcasted Nationally to televisions across the vast country the soldier once fought for, was sentimental, reflecting the selfless sacrifice thousands of Australians had made in armed conflict. In this, Keating unites a country in remembrance where a national identity based on courage and mateship is created. Buried in a Tasmanian Blackwood coffin, the...