The speech was made to the aboriginals and to the stolen generations. There was forced a politic by the Australian government which is known for assimilation upon the aboriginals. Inhuman actions were inflicted on the aboriginals who involved that the Australian government had full rights to take away half-caste children without the parents accept. In this speech, Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister is giving a painstaking apology to the stolen generations and the aboriginals for their sorrow, pain and loss.
After many years of suffering Rudd brings up this sensitive topic and is giving a speech with functions and effects which makes the intention of the speech reach the audience on a passionate way with strong feelings. The topic in this speech is was what happen to the aboriginals and to the stolen generations. It is clearly still a very important topic in Australian. We can see in the speech that a lot of people suffered from it: “That is why the parliament is today here assembled: to deal with this unfinished business of the nation… ” Rudd brings this topic up in these circumstances because he wants to do something good for the future.
He says that it is time to a new beginning for Australia, all the mistreatment is now a closed chapter: “We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history. ” The language is formal and emotive. He uses a lot of adjectives to describe the feelings and the situation: “For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations…” All Australians will understand his speech because it is not a complex language. The language is influenced by the topic because the topic is relevant for whole Australian, and therefore it has to be understandable for everyone.
The reader is all Australians; all the people, all the citizens, indigenous and non-indigenous: “…all peoples of our great country, for all citizens of our great commonwealth, for all Australians – those who are indigenous and those who are not…“ Because of the fact that the speech is not only to the victims, is because of the speech is also about the future of Australia. The writer is Kevin Rudd and the parliament: “…we would in parliament say sorry to the stolen generations” The intention with this speech is to apology to the aboriginals and particular to the stolen generations.
He apologies for the actions there was happen to Australian, even though it is many years ago, and even though that it was not his fault. As rhetorical features there are some of the five main categories. One of them is structural features. He uses flash-forwards in his apology to give the people an imagination of the new and common Australia. He wants to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in “life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity”. He also uses linguistic features because of the metaphors and reputations.
In some metaphors, he uses the word “chapter” a lot, because it symbolizes the new beginning of Australian: “…to open a new chapter in the history of this great land, Australia” There are some words and sentences that Rudd uses a lot; we say sorry, mutual, decency, I am sorry, is clear, our nation, our people. The quality of the text is very clear. You can easily understand what the intention is, especially because of his applications of reputations; he wants to say sorry, and he does it a lot of times. The functions is to persuade because he wants to convince the reader that he is truly sorry, which was his intention.
He also wanted to convince the reader about the fact that he will make some chances, and Australia is going to be a great land, and there is a new beginning for Australia. To reach the reader with his intention, he also uses the three appeal forms. “That is why the parliament is today here assembled: to deal with this unfinished business of the nation, to remove a great stain from the nation’s soul and, in a true spirit of reconciliation, to open a new chapter in the history of this great land, Australia.
” In this sentence Rudd uses logos to keep the topic to the business. He keeps himself objective, and he uses neutral words. Too much use of logos can create a boring speech, but Rudd does not use them that much. He uses ethos to make the reader trust him, and in his speech he keep his promise: “Last year I made a commitment to the Australian people that if we formed the next government of the Commonwealth we would in parliament say sorry to the stolen generations. ” The speech is valuable for Australian, and therefore a good speech.
The situation the Rudd talked in was relevant because it had something to do with Australians future. It was an important speech because his answer was important because it was an acknowledgement of the stolen generation and the treatment of indigenous Australians thought white Australian history. What happened to Australia in the first place, was supposed to be good intentions, but it harmed the aboriginal people, and that’s why the speech is a acknowledgement, because Rudd admits that it was a mistake. He says sorry for the wrong done in the past and he commitment to do the right thing.