Acceptance Speech Essays

  • The Sacred Language of Toni Morrison

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    a good point when, in her acceptance speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, she says, “Narrative . . . is . . . one of the principal ways in which we absorb knowledge” (7).  The words we use and the way in which we use them is how we, as humans, communicate to each other our thoughts, feelings, and actions and therefore our knowledge of the world and its peoples.  Knowledge is power.  In this way, our language, too, is powerful. In her acceptance speech, Morrison tries to communicate

  • Faulkner's Writer's Duty In Growing Up

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    On December 10, 1950, William Faulkner delivered his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Today his speech is considered one of the most brilliant and inspiring speeches ever to be read at the Nobel ceremony. Faulkner stressed the "writer's duty" to write only of "the old verities and truths of the heart." He spoke of avoiding writing anything that is not worth writing about. He felt concerned about new writing where authors gave in to America's shallow desires to read "not of love but of lust, of defeats

  • The Power of The Bluest Eye

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    literature of this country reflects its population in its diversity of genres, themes, language, and voices. One of these voices is Toni Morrison, an author who knows and appreciates the power of language, and uses it. In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech she states, "The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers". The "vitality of language" of which Morrison speaks, may very well be the soul of the American novel

  • Quentin's Struggle in The Sound and the Fury

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    delivering his Nobel Prize acceptance speech "The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself" (The Faulkner Reader  3).  Quentin engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear, as the opening quote by Faulkner suggests is the fate of all humans, but he does not discover he can bear anything.  Instead, Quentin's heart is so in conflict with itself, a condition Faulkner argues many overlook in his speech excerpt above, that he commits

  • great gatsby

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    own age and turned into a timeless classic.” The novel may have been written to justify society at that time, however the entire storyline can be related to anyone that reads it. William Faulkner is an author who wrote a famous Nobel Prize acceptance speech. “He writes not of love but lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and worst of all, without pity or compassion.” Here Faulkner speaks of issues that also pertain to that of The Great Gatsby. Gatsby

  • As I Lay Dying Essay: The Characters

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    The Characters in As I Lay Dying The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. (excerpt-Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech) Analyzing character in a Faulkner novel is like trying to reach the bottom of a bottomless pit because Faulkner's characters often lack ration, speak in telegraphed stream-of-consciousness, and rarely if ever lend themselves to ready analysis.  This is particularly true in As I

  • Invisible Man Essay: The Phases of Invisibility

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    ever-present current that guides I. to his eventual self-discovery.  It haunts him beyond his discovery and even remains after his acceptance of his situation, where the reader realizes that even I. does not fully understand his grandfather's words.  The battle royal serves to open his eyes, although only slightly, only to be re-closed, because I. still gives his acceptance speech to the crowd of prominent white men from the town. These are the same men who were moments ago screaming "let me at that big

  • Civilian Conservation Corps and the Great Depression

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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt to create jobs after the depression. In 1932, as governor of New York, he introduced the idea of using 10,000 men who were on public relief to plant trees. During his 1932 Democratic Party presidential nomination acceptance speech, he proposed giving employment to a million men in forestry across the nation. The proposed CCC would take two-hundred and fifty thousand unemployed young men to work on federal and state owned lan... ... middle of paper ... ... still surviving

  • Fahrenheit 9/11

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    for Columbine the year before for Best Documentary, and so this film was very much anticipated by both sides of the political aisle. To add to this expectation, Moore was an outspoken opponent of the Bush administration and had used his 2003 acceptance speech at the Oscars to blast Bush’s war on Iraq. This film, at least from my perspective, was the result of great passion and zeal. The film itself, in the words of many commentators, a “two hour hate letter to Bush”, and in my opinion it was. This

  • Lemonade Acceptance Speech

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    Beyoncé's Lemonade and Formation World Tour is ultimately about black empowerment, with its visuals and lyrics all adding to its theme. During her acceptance speech for Lemonade winning Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 GRAMMYs, Beyoncé stated that the intent of her album was to “create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable.” The album represents all of the sexism, racism, injustice, and

  • Speech On Self Acceptance

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    Acceptance means embracing what we already have, rather than wishing for what we cannot have. When we accept harsh realities, we find ourselves more at peace and able to experience life more deeply with self acceptance. Even so, acceptance must be guided by our own judgement– learning how to tell the difference between what we can and cannot change about ourselves. For as long as I could remember I would falsely claim to have a crush on the 4th grade “dream boy.” I felt out extremely out of place

  • Jim Valvano Acceptance Speech

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    best. Jim Valvano, Jimmy V for short, received the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first ever the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, also known as the ESPY Awards. He delivered a speech that will forever be remembered. On March 4, 1993 Valvano’s acceptance speech at the ESPY awards greatly impacted the world and will never be forgotten even though he died a little over month later. Jimmy V has left a lasting impression on the sports world that will forever be an encouragement

  • Martin Luther King Acceptance Speech

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    Barack Obama and, Martin Luther King have slightly different ideas of how things are and should be, “A Just and Lasting Peace” by Barack Obama and, “Acceptance Speech” by Martin Luther King. King believes that we can achieve a long lasting, peace along with a noble civilization through the means and actions of nonviolence. Obama agrees to what King has stated, even so this doesn’t always work. Obama believes that in some cases violence is necessary in order to achieve peace and, not an ever-lasting

  • Kanye West's Acceptance Speech Analysis

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    On August 29, 2015 Kanye West won the Video Vanguard Award during the 2015 MTV VMA. During his acceptance speech for this award he made a huge announcement. He stated that he would be running for president in 2020. While also making this speech Kanye West also admitted to smoking a joint before coming on stage. I would say that this is not a good way to start the star’s road to presidency. This article quoted Kanye West stating,”I don't know what I finna lose after this. It don't matter, though;

  • Winona Laduke Acceptance Speech Summary

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    The Speech I am analyzing is entitled, “Winona LaDuke, Acceptance Speech for the Green Party’s Nomination for Vice President of the United States of America (August 29, 1996).  Winona LaDuke was born on August 18, 1959 in Los Angeles, California to Vincent and Betty LaDuke.  Winona is an American Activist, environmentalist, economist, writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development.  Her father Vincent is of Ojibwe descent from the White Earth

  • Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech By Toni Morrison

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    to express ourselves and communicate with others. Language helps us form social movements, it can be compelling enough to bring about action. In Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize Acceptance speech, she tells a parable that illustrates the importance and power of language. In my paper, I will analyze Donald Trump’s candidacy speech with attention to his use of language. Studies have been done on Trump’s language before to determine he speaks at a fourth grade reading level, while the effects of that fact

  • Elie Wiesel Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

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    screaming, arguing, forgetting about, hiding it, or even taking it out on someone else. I know you would be angst, but we know those aren’t very wise choices, so let me tell you what to do with the following examples. In Elie Wiesel “Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech”, Elie Wiesel is telling us what it was like for him(of being Jewish during a time where Jewish people were being sent to camps), and how not matter what, we can’t forget about it. We need to remember this awful event, and “spread the word” because

  • Examples Of Nobel Acceptance Speech By Elie Wiesel

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    We learn to help others in need when they are struggling and you need to stand up for what is right. Elie Wiesel says in "Never Forget, Never Again" Nobel Acceptance Speech, "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." (7) When we teach others about the horrors of the Holocaust, we are teaching the world to put others before ourselves and be selfless rather than selfish. Even though nothing as terrible

  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Jesse Williams Acceptance Speech

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    This rhetorical analysis of Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech for the humanitarian Award. The Rhetors for this speech would be Jesse Williams himself and also BET (Black Entertainment Television). This analysis focused more on the verbal symbols then the non verbal because it was such a important subject that had, and still is going on in American. Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech had focused on informing the world that something has to be done about the injustice in our police system, and also

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown Movie Analysis

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    According to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, grief occurs in five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance ( These stages do not necessarily occur in the same order for each person nor may a person suffering loss experience all of the steps, but will work toward “acceptance,” which is considered the final stage. A person who goes through something tragic such as learning they have a terminal illness or losing a loved one may experience