Analysing Tony Blair’s Speech on the Topic of War with Iraq

Tony  Blair  Speech  2   Table of Contents Introduction............................................................................................................................4 Use of language......................................................................................................................4 Literary Techniques ...............................................................................................................5 Psychological Manipulation...................................................................................................5
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Tony  Blair  Speech  3   Outline I. Introduction II. Use of Language A. Choice of words B. Emphasis III. Literary Techniques

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Tony  Blair  Speech  4   Vienna Kim Mrs. Kim English Analysis 26th January 2011 Analysing Tony Blair’s Speech on the Topic of War with Iraq From the very beginning, Tony Blair directly reveals his thesis-British forces should take part in military action in war with Iraq. Then in the next paragraph, he clearly introduces the theme of his speech-The mission for this war is to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. To support his thesis and theme, he uses emotive language and various literary techniques. And these overall succeed to produce effective psychological manipulation.
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Emotive language, which Tony Blair uses, is all selective choices of words. Through several stages, emotive language takes a significant role to make the audience feel in the same way as the Prime Minister. Initially, Blair claims the mass development of weapons and Saddam Hussein are “new threat” which cause “disorder” and “chaos”. The vocabulary such as “threat”, “disorder” and “chaos” immediately set a dramatic tone in the minister's voice and well-reflects the minister's view that Saddam Hussein is a “barbarous ruler”. Then, such opinion is further strengthened by counter-argument. Again, despite the fact that counterargument is a sort of opinion, the minister has made the delicate selection of words in order to make the argument, as it is a fact rather than opinion. For example, Blair says, “the truth is, all nations are targets”. However, the statement that “all nations are targets, in fact, is not “the truth.” It is an opinion. Similarly, the minister chooses to repeat the phrase, “hundred of thousands”. It is to emphasise vast majority of Iraqi people, who suffer under the control of Saddam Hussein. This repetition will trigger sympathy among the audience. Lastly, by

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Tony  Blair  Speech  5   stating that the weapons are “now being manufactured” to threat world peace, the audience is eventually able to think that the problem is imminent and thus the action is needed to solve the problem as fast as possible.

Regarding literary techniques, it is designed to reinforce the function of emotive language as well as overall structure. Consider the Rule of Three. It is used throughout the whole speech, and often closely related to the theme. As an example of effective rule of three, Tony Blair claims, weapons and Iraqi terrorists groups both hate “our way of life, our freedom, our democracy.” Yet another example is that “poverty, the environment, and the ravages of disease” requires a world of order and stability. Indeed, both rule of threes are closely associated with the theme of removing Saddam Hussein, our enemy, from power for the sake of “peace in Europe.” Therefore, this strengthens the overall idea of the speech. And at the same time, these two different rules of threes shows the strong contrast to each other. This further accentuates the image of poor “hundreds of thousands” Iraqi citizens, who have been “driven from their homes or even murdered.” In this aspect, this supports emotive language by helping to convey the sense of sympathy.
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Lastly, emotive language and literary techniques all together create sophisticated psychological manipulation. While emotive language majorly creates a sense of sympathy, literary techniques aid to create other senses such as fear and patriotism. For instance, the words such as “tyrannical states” and “catastrophe” bring us fear that the peace of Europe will break soon. And simultaneously, Tony Blair argues with credible source, “60% of the population is depended on food aid”. This instills sympathy. While the sense of sympathy and fear juxtaposes on the audience's mind and bring the confusion, Blair insinuates another theme on the audience's mind—Patriotism. With authoritative statement, the minister says on

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Tony  Blair  Speech  6   the “courage and determination” of British people, “ the fate of many nations rests” This is loaded language that makes British people feel responsibility for this war or otherwise, feel guilty. These three senses, indeed, elicits the definite need for the war.

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