Language

Looking at the language used in the “HeForShe Speech” reveals that Emma Watson uses simple language, but combined with an often serious and official tone. This makes the speech understandable for all types of audiences while it also suggests that the context of the speech and its purpose are official and important: “This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality.” (ll.…

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Choice of words

The choice of words is related to the context and the topic of the speech—it includes references to the lives of boys and girls, women and men, gender roles, the UN, etc. Some of the words are more emphatic such as “galvanize” (l. 6) or “tangible” (l. 8). Some other words are more casual, such as “muscly” (l. 26), or figurative, s…

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Sentence structure

The sentence structure reveals that the speaker uses several types of sentences. She starts with short, to the point sentences but continues with medium to long sentences whenever she wants to give more details and arguments: “Today we are launching a …

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Tone and personal stories

Overall, her tone is serious, with occasional instances of sadness and disappointment, and ending on an encouraging not…

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