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Eksempelbesvarelse: Analytical Essay om "A Royal Salute to the Commonwealth"
Her finder du Studienets eksempelbesvarelse af det ikke-litterære essay om Peter Obornes artikel "A royal salute to the Commonwealth" fra Engelsk A eksamen juni 2012.
Essayet fremlægger Obornes hovedsynspunkter, analyserer skribentens argumentation og Commonwealths rolle i teksten. Til sidst kommenteres der på skribentens formål med teksten, og der vurderes på, hvorvidt argumentationen fungerer.
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Write an essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and comment on Peter Oborne's article "A royal salute to the Commonwealth". Part of your essay must focus on the writer's argumentation and on the role of the Commonwealth as presented in the text.
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After World War II ended, the British Empire with all of its colonies was broken up and the organization that we know today as Commonwealth was founded. The union consists of 54 independent member states that are linked together by a common history and set of values. Critics of the Commonwealth emphasize that the organization is an outdated and meaningless construction that builds on xenophobic and oppressive values. In his article “A royal salute to the Commonwealth” (2011), Peter Oborne responds to this critique and gives answers to the questions: What will be the role of Commonwealth in the future? Will the organization have anything to say against great powers such as the United States and the European Union?
Peter Oborne takes his starting point in Duke William and Duchess Kate's first royal visit to Canada. As a journalist and political commentator Oborne followed their trip as they among other things visited Canada's National War Memorial. This is a monument to remember the Canadian troops that fought alongside the British during the two world wars. Oborne sees this visit as an evidence of the link that consists between the two countries, which can be seen as a direct result of the Commonwealth union. The organization was founded after World War II when the British Empire broke down and the former colonies agreed to enter into a united organization based on democracy and human rights. Oborne points out that the leaders of Britain are looking down on the union: “For many years it has been automatic in progressive circles to sneer at the Commonwealth as a meaningless relic of our imperial past” (ll. 19-20). Instead the politicians have focused on the relationship with the United States and the European Union: “I would argue that it is Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's poodle-like relationship with the United States, and the former's slavish worship of the European Union, that now looks out of date, while the Commonwealth is more relevant than ever” (ll. 28-30). As a consequence of the financial crisis these unions have been under a lot of pressure in recent years. Oborne argues that it is about time the political leaders of Britain realize that Commonwealth is a relevant alternative and that the union is able to play an important part in world-wide politics.
In trying to get his message across, Oborne builds his argumentation on a special kind of words, appeals and symbols. First of all he uses words with negative connotations in order to describe the British politicians: “…The Commonwealth never fitted into New Labour's relentless modernising vision... Læs mere