Topic

The topics that Robin Cook explores in his Chicken Tikka Masala speech are British identity and multiculturalis…

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British identity and multiculturalism

First, the speaker uses historical arguments to show that British identity is not based on race because Britain was never a pure-race country: “The British are not a race, but a gathering of countless different races and communities, the vast majority of which were not indigenous to these islands.” (p. 39, ll. 23-26)

The speaker explores how Britain was formed, starting with Roman and Anglo-Saxon invasions, and continuing with foreign princes, th…

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Argumentation

Robin Cook’s “Chicken Tikka Masala Speech” is constructed using open argumentation. As opposed to hidden argumentation, which involves using examples and facts to imply/suggest certain arguments, open argumentation means the speaker expresses his views, intention, and arguments explicitly. For example, Robin Cook states his intentions from the beginning of the speech: “I want to argue the case why we can be confident about…

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