Distinctive voices provide understanding and emphasise the events and aspects of life in relation to the individual and their place in society. Both John F. Kennedy and Severn Cullis Suzuki provide evidence of this which is evident in the use of contrast, imagery and rhetorical questions but is also perpetuated in Pinks “Dear Mr President”. These texts provide connections within each other.
Distinctive Voices engage with the audience to create and understanding with people about current events. The speech to the Plenary session, Earth Summit speech by Severn Cullis Suzuki is using a dominant voice to point out the issues in the environment. She points her concern about the damage that has already been done to the earth and she appeals to adult leaders to act soon.” You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring salmon back up our dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back animals that are now extinct” this use of anaphora highlights the problems many places earth is facing while also tying in the fact that it can’t be fixed.
Suzuki’s voice is also clear throughout the speech when she dreams “of great herds of wilds animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies” this use of imagery helps broadens the audience’s emotions and thoughts. She also states “I wonder if they will exist for my children to see. Did you ever have to worry about these little things growing up”. This enables emotion to the audience and thought which promotes a significant environmental aspect of everyone’s lives aiming at change.
Suzuki’s voice speech incorporates a variety of tones to convey her message across. One of the most effective tones is the innocent and moving tones of her final “well, what you do makes me cry at night, You grown-ups say you love us”. This use of tone sparks emotion into the audience which targets them. This gives Suzuki the chance to speak her final voice knowing that they will be listing as they feel guilt.
A voice is used to challenge, change and inspire the audiences and John F. Kennedys Inaugural Address does that. He acknowledges change, pledges support, shows acceptance of responsibilities and rally’s action and participation from the citizen’s. He uses a presidential voice to portray a view of the America he envisions, “we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom and to remember that, in the past, those who were foolishly sought power by riding the tiger ended up inside” this metaphor highlights his strength and authority to the citizens and what they should do and what will happen to them if they don’t obey or learn from their mistakes.
He also uses a religious voice to shows his beliefs and inspire more people to follow him, he states “to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free” which is a passage from the book Isiah. This passage declares the Christian faith and presidency is underpinned by Christian values. Through the use of metaphor and biblical allusions Kennedy was able to provide light onto his reign as president and show his intentions as president which inspired the individuals of America respond with hope for their country.
The use of anaphora within the “Inaugural Address” creates a distinctive voice. John F. Kennedy uses anaphora through the repetition of the phrase “Let both sides” in order to emphasise the idea of uniting and working together, showing the importance of it to the audience. Through the use of anaphora, Kennedy is conveying that for the first time, all nations need to unite and work together to develop as one. The repetition unifies the audience, by showing similarities and emphasising them through it.
The use of inclusive language is used to create a distinctive voice within the “Inaugural Address” of John F Kennedy. Throughout the speech, inclusive language, such as “we” is used in order to create a greater connection with the audience, making them feel more involved and spoken to on a personal level. It also gives an effect of unity as it addresses everyone as a whole. This helps support what Kennedy’s addressing. Through the use of “we” Kennedy conveys that they, the audience need to unite and work together.
The use of biblical allusion within the “Inaugural Address” creates a distinctive voice, while adding importance and establishing the significance of the speech. This is achieved through “Almighty God” and “Hand of God”. Biblical allusions reflect hope and guidance to the audience, creating a greater connection between the audience and Kennedy. It also shows that through the “hand of God”, we came to existence and we are all equal, and should be united.
The voice of citizen, the voice of society and remonstrator explore aspects of human experience’s in Dear Mr President. These voices which are present in the song represent human experience of seeing the president not doing his job and the rights of people being taken away.’ Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away’, this creates imagery of the bombs and houses, expressing the voice of a citizen that effectively explores the human experience of a concerned citizen as Pink see’s the struggle that American citizens endured in their life.
Throughout the song repetition is used, Pink states the president has no idea about hard work, ‘let me tell you ’bout hard work, minimum wage with a baby on the way, let me tell you ’bout hard work, building a bed out of a cardboard box, you don’t know nothing ’bout hard work.” The reuse of words in the song also supports the emphasis on the ideas and the tone she uses to sing the different parts of the song. Pink has put much emotion into this song, she wrote and sung from her heart about the problems in America.
The American citizens voice effectively represents the human experience’s, as the responder is able to emphasize on the societies hardships that Pink has seen throughout her years. ‘What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?’, This creates the voice of society through rhetorical question and imagery, portraying the negative human experience of Pink, as she has seen many citizen’s living on the streets. Pink questions the president which emotively appeals to the audience as they reflect on the president’s job. ‘Come take a walk with me’ is an invitation for the president to listen to Pinks opinions creating the voice of a remonstrator.
‘Let’s pretend were just two people and you’re not better than me’, this shows the human experience of Pink and how she feels inequality as the president sees himself as better then society. Pink pleas her opinions to the president through rhetorical questions creating a remonstrating voice. This voice asks the audience to consider the president and what he has done. Dear Mr President, Severn Cullis Suzuki Earth Summit and John F. Kennedys Inaugural Speech, all have the voice of a remonstrator, which appeals to the audience emotively as it changes their view on an issue.
These texts reveal the human experiences of grief, concern of the environment and concern for society through the voices of an environmental activist, the innocent, everyman, Citizen, society and remonstrator. The composers have effectively used language to create distinctive voices including emotive language which explores human experiences of the composer and creates meaning for the responder. Distinctive voices are important in representing experience’s as the voice has the ability to demand change a view on an issue.