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Homework- Tasks on Harold Pinter’s Speech

1. Translation:
Știu că președintele Bush are mulți redactori de didscursuri extrem de competenți, dar
m-aș oferi voluntar pentru această slujbă eu însumi. Propun următoarele adresări
scurte către națiune pe care el le poate face la televizor. Îl văd solemn, cu părul
pieptănat cu grijă, serios, sigur pe el, sincer, adeseori înșelător, câteodată folosind un
zâmbet pieziș, curios de atractiv, un om al omului de rând. „Dumnezeu este bun.
Dumnezeu este minunat. Dumnezeul meu este bun. Dumnezeul lui Bin Laden este
rău. Al lui este un Dumnezeu rău. Dumnezeul lui Saddam a fost rău, exceptând faptul
că el nu a avut unul. El a fost un barbar. Noi nu suntem barbari. Noi nu decapităm
oameni. Noi credem în libertate. Așa face și Dumnezeu. Eu nu sunt un barbar. Eu sunt
liderul ales în mod democratic al unei democrații iubitoare de libertate. Noi suntem o
societate miloasă. Noi dăruim electrocutări cu milă și cu milă facem injecția letală.
Noi suntem o națiune minunată. Eu nu sunt un dictator. El este. Eu nu sunt un barbar.
El este. Și el este. Toți sunt. Eu posed autoritate morală. Vezi pumnul acesta? Aceasta
este autoritatea mea morală. Și tu să nu uiți asta.
2. Translate/ Paraphrase:
a) contention- discordie, motiv de ceartă
b) the truth has considerable bearing on where the world stands now- adevărul are o
importanță considerabilă în lumea contemporană
c) that it had concluded it had carte blanche to do what it liked- Acțiunile Statelor
Unite au clarificat în toată lumea faptul că această națiunea avea putere deplină să
facă ce îi convenea.
d) even while it was happening it wasn't happening- chiar și atunci când se întâmpla,
nu se întâmpla
e) vicious- imorale
f) You have to hand it to America- Trebuie să te lași pe mâna Americii.
g) I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the roadTe asigur că America este fără îndoială cel mai tare circ existent.
h) out on its own- este extenuat
i) scintillating- sclipitoare
j) to keep thought at bay- a ține gândurile la distanță
k) a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance- o luxuriantă pernă a siguranței
l) devious- sinuoasă
m) without fear or favour- fără teamă sau privilegiu
n) critical dissent- dezacord critic
o) supine Great Britain- obosita Mare Britanie
p) a bandit act- o acțiune mișelească
q) blatant state terrorism- un strident act de terorism statal
r) place death well away on the back burner- nu au lăsat moartea deoparte
s) of no moment- insignifianți
t) they are blank- ei sunt nuli

it’s slightly comic but it makes political statements and it explains in a both comic and tragical way how US manipulates the society. 6. so if the artistic language doesn’t make the difference between truth and lies. un om al omului de rând v) you are open to all the winds.u) winning. sometimes employing a wry smile. they remain unknown. unswerving. Nothing ever happened. constantă și agresivă dominare intelectuală y) a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. are political statements an appropriate part of a Nobel Prize speech? Why? Why not? Can you think of similar examples of famous artists turning political in prize acceptance speeches? . not the truth and we. they don’t think beyond the curtains so they believe that their nation is the greatest. fierce intellectual determination. sincer. often beguiling. câteodată folosind un zâmbet pieziș. In your opinion. it can be both of them so basically it is not a difference between truth or lies.sigur pe el. but what he sees is just a reflection. so nothing is true or false. Discuss the tone and context of the following: “It never happened. they manipulate people through media so they won’t find out what US really does to other states. Two metaphors in the text refer to the position of the citizen/writer in the present-day world. we have to find the real society. to break the mirror. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. What is the difference between artistic and political language? The difference between artistic and political language is the fact that the political language doesn’t search the truth but a bunch of lies. 4. The mirror reflects the writer or the citizen. the relationship between art and reality is related to the exploration of reality through art. they are manipulated and the cushion is the comfort that they enjoy. According to Pinter. as citizens. the cushion and the mirror. curios de atractiv. What kind of play would most likely contain the made-up presidential speech that Pinter is proposing for Bush? I think that a satire play would contain the made up speech that Pinter is proposing for Bush. the political language is meant to manipulate people through their promises and lies.o obligație crucială ce ne implică pe toți 3. Discuss their motivation and appropriateness in the context.o fermă. 8. what is the relationship between art and reality? According to Pinter. a man's man. 7.” The tone of these sentences is an ironic one and it refers to the power that US has. The cushion refers to the lies that American citizens are used to. sincere. 5. adeseori înșelător. curiously attractive. so whatever crimes it commits.ești deschis tuturor vânturilor w) out on a limb.la risc x) unflinching.

and if he has a word to say. political statements are on one hand appropiate. because it’s presented the opinion of an intelligent person. Despite this. On the other hand. I believe that this kind of speech wakes up people from their cushions and it makes them think twice about the society we’re all living in. . the political life is corrupt. the politicians find out and they will try to do everything to put that person down. it’s not appropiate. because the speech becomes famous. it means that as always.In my opinion.