Bernie Sanders' Commencement Speech

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere Bernie Sanders' tale til dimittenderne på Brooklyn College. Med titlen “Bernie Sanders to Brooklyn College Graduates: Don’t ‘Allow Demagogues to Divide Us’ ” indgik talen i skriftlig eksamen i Engelsk B på STX den 22. maj 2019. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af talen samt idéer til diskussion og perspektivering.

Eksamensspørgsmål

1. Write a short summary of the commencement speech “Bernie Sanders to Brooklyn College Graduates: Don’t ‘Allow Demagogues to Divide Us’ ” in about 125 words.

2. Write an analytical essay (600-900 words) about the speech. Your essay must focus on how Bernie Sanders engages the audience. Discuss briefly whether Bernie Sanders succeeds in getting his message across.

Include the following analytical terms in your essay: circumstances, receivers, intention. In your essay, you must include references to the text.

Material

“Bernie Sanders to Brooklyn College Graduates: Don’t ‘Allow Demagogues to Divide Us’ ”, a speech from Time Magazine website, May 30, 2017.

Watch a short video clip as an introduction to the text: “Bernie Sanders Commencement Speech, Brooklyn College, May 2017”, the beginning of the speech (0:00-0:55). 

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: “Bernie Sanders to Brooklyn College Graduates: Don’t ‘Allow Demagogues to Divide Us’ ” (2017)
Afsender: Bernie Sanders
Genre: Speech

Bernie Sanders (b. 1941) er en amerikansk politiker fra the Democratic Party. Sander har været senator i staten Vermont siden 2007. Han stillede op i det amerikanske primærvalg i 2016 i håb om at vinde demokraternes nominering til præsidentkandidat, men han tabte til Hillary Clinton. I skrivende stund opstiller Sanders igen, nu med sigte på det amerikanske præsidentvalg i 2020. Han er kendt for sine – efter amerikanske standarder – meget progressive synspunkter inden for det sociale og klimamæssige område og har før argumenteret for, at USA skal tage den skandinaviske velfærdsmodel til sig. Han er stærk modstander af økonomisk ulighed. 

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Vejledning til analytical essay

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Choice of words

Bernie Sanders' choice of words in his commencement address reveals that he uses only a few positive adjectives and nouns such as: “important day” (l. 1), “healthy and happy lives” (l. 3), “our great nation” (ll. 36-37), “wealthiest country” (l. 94), “extraordinary potential” (l. 95), “intelligent and hardworking people” (l. 96) etc. These phrases create positive images in connection to the graduates he is addressing and the United States’ potential. This way, he engages the audience by appealing to their pride as both graduates and Americans, trying to motivate them to fight for a better America.

However, most adjectives and nouns in the speech convey negative images: “profound realities” (l. 14), “financial pressures” (l. 16), “painful and stress-filled decisions” (l. 19), “very serious crises” (l. 31), “childhood poverty” (l. 45) “hopelessness and despair” (l. 49), “broken criminal justice system” (l. 51), etc. These phrases are related to income inequality in the US, which leads to a gap between the very rich and the rest of the country. Their function is to convey Bernie Sanders’ criticism towards a faulty political system, the very rich, and corporations. Such words engage the audience because they stir negative feelings, encouraging them to be as appalled as the speaker is with regards to inequality in the US.

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