Amatniek Speech Analysis

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Comparing Speeches
Many civil rights leaders have spoken out about their controversial views of how to address injustices. For instance, during the Civil Right Movement, Kathie Amatniek and Harvey Milk both spoke to voice that their societies that are directing injustices towards gays and women. Using pathos and metaphors, Amatniek wants America to rid of traditional views of gender. Meanwhile, Harvey Milk uses using pathos, diction and humor to connect with his mainly homophobic audience to abolish the negative stereotypes of gays. In both Amatnieks Funeral Oration for the Burial of Traditional Womanhood and Milks The Hope Speech similar rhetorical appeals and stylistic devices are used to say what the audience, as an individual, should change social injustices.

While living in a similar time period, Amatniek and Milk illustrate similar beliefs about how the individual should change social injustices through civil disobedience. Milks goal is to abolish the stereotypes of gay people and have the gays speak for themselves in a position of power. In his Hope Speech Milk says, that “A gay person in office can set a tone, can command respect not only from the larger community, but from the young people in our own community who need both examples and
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In Amatnieks Funeral Oration for Traditional Womanhood, she centers her speech around personifying traditional womanhood as an old woman. As for Milk, he uses a lot of diction with fictional words to capture the attention of his audience. While explaining to his audience the rash consequences of the social injustices towards gays, he says, “Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us'es, the us'es will give up.” (Milk) By using words such as “the us’es” and made up words, he is capturing the attention of his audience thus creating a better chance for his ideas to be
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