Speeches

Donnelly, Liza. “Drawing Upon Humor for Change.” TED Talks. TED Conferences, LLC. Jan 2001. Web.  28 Feb 2011.

 Delivered by Liza Donnelly, this speech focuses on women and their changes in society through the years. Displaying her own humorous cartoons and mocking how women were expected to wear specific colors (pink) or do specific things (house work), Donnelly portrays that women, in the 50´s had limited opportunities.  She mainly argues that even though people, especially men, have tried to shape us, women have been able to overcome the oppressions and we have been able to earn more credibility and the respect we deserve. Stating “we can change this thing one laugh at a time” she demonstrates that some women, like her self have been able to acquire more places in society, by using humor. Using herself as an example, assistances the speech into inspiring us to believe that change is possibly. Not only does she demonstrates this by showing her own cartoons, mocking society´s oppression to women, but she clarifies how women have been able to earn respect and reliability in a macho society that have been starting to view their true potentials.

Twain, Mark. “Advice to Youth.” About.com. The New York Times Company, n, d. Web. 13, Mar. 2011.

 Mark Twain, famed author from the 19th century, delivered a speech called “Advice to Youth,” where, instead of giving repetitive advice, he shared with his public a series of out-of-the-ordinary recommendations. His advices included things like one should always respect their parents, but only when they are present, that lying is a “gracious and beautiful art” that one should learn to master and that there is nothing more dangerous than a minor with a fire gun, thinking it´s unloaded. Twains advice is remarkable because he is speaking from a different perspective. Instead of being an adult that gives “correct” advice, he suggest things that are out of the ordinary, and implies that life is not only about following the rules and doing what is expected or correct. What makes this speech worthy is not the advice, but the ways he presents it, using humor and mocking people and situations. For example, with the advice on obeying parents he mocks their authority, and with the advice on how to react when offended, he criticizes and makes fun of the people that respond with violence. 

Twain, Mark. “Our Fellow Savages.” Toastmasters Public Speaking. 2010. Web. 19 May. 2011.

 In his speech, “Our Fellow Savages,” Mark Twain thoroughly and in a weird way describes some aspects of the Sandwich Islands, also known as Hawaii. He mentions the kind of people who live there, focusing on the native ones, and also he portrays the landscape claiming, “Their chief glory…is their volcano.” After leaving the audience with mixed feelings about the islands, Twain states that Hawaii may be one of the most beautiful and charming lands. Comparing them to the “Sunday blues,” he concludes that it´s the perfect place to relax and forget about the anxieties of life. Twain transmits his ideas by using a humorous tone that I believe is unique to him. With phrases like “in color, the natives are a rich, dark brown-a sort of a black and tan,” Twain manages to make fun of the Sandwich Islands in a nice way, with no intentions of criticizing or hurting anybody. 

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