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Example of a Speech Analysis

Updated on July 29, 2010

When writing a speech analysis, most professors want references of the judgments, reasons, and norms of which the body of your analysis is based. This usually comes from your college course’s textbook. Here, I have referenced the Beebe’s Introduction to Public Speaking text book. USE this speech AS an EXAMPLE only. I have submitted this for an actual writing assignment and it may have been submitted to, a plagiarism tracker.

1. As in all papers, the analysis must include an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

2. Your introduction paragraph should start with an attention getter.

3. Introduction should include your thesis or purpose as well as preview the main points covered in the body of the paper.

4. State the type and/or event of speech being analyzed

5. Be specific with clear images of perception

6. Make informed judgments according to your speech writing text.

7. Make smooth transitions from paragraph to paragraph.

8. Perform a grammar and spelling check.

To listen to the speech and read an official transcript, visit this site:

In the year 2009, at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, former prisoner, Elie Wiesel delivered a passionate speech reminding the world of a horrific incident in our history. On that day, he visited the memorial worth commemorating with the respect and compassion of all mankind as humanity was lost in the Buchenwald camp over half a century ago with the torture and extermination of its prisoners. My analysis will focus on how Wiesel used the strategies of story-telling, intonation, articulation, pauses, quotation and redundancy to engage and maintain his audience’s interest as well as evoke their sympathy. Utilizing the three major divisions of a speech, his introduction captured the audience’s attention; the body of his speech presented the content of his position and his conclusion summarized the ideal he wanted to portray. (Beebe, p. 13)

Wiesel opened his speech in a most humble clear tone, loud enough to be audibly heard, yet soft enough to portray the deep pain he obviously still felt as he told the story of how his father called out to him just before he died in the bunk bed above him and of how he was too afraid to go to his father’s deathbed for fear of the German guards. His opening reference to his father’s heavenly grave was an attention grabber. (Beebe, pp. 189, 14) He paused for effect and used short simple sentences in his introduction and throughout to allow his audience to visualize and grasp without ambiguity, the reality of his and the other prisoners’ pain and lost. (Beebe, pp. 134,137) Without overloading the audience with long descriptive details of his horrific experience, he enabled the audience to receive him allowing them to feel and hear the honesty infused in his few remorseful words of recollection. (Beebe, pp. 19, 79) With direct eye-contact, Wiesel stood erect before the audience with hands held loosely together in a humble display of character and integrity. (Beebe, pp. 142-143)

To achieve a warm reception, he assessed his audience and appropriately referenced the current German Chancellor’s civic contribution and President Obama’s earlier speech on humanity. (Beebe text, p. 43) He challenged the world’s claim of learning from the historical atrocity by calling to the victims of Rwanda, Darfur, and Bosnia selecting the best supporting material suitably concrete and of enough magnitude. (Beebe, pp. 97, 118) Wiesel spoke with the right intonation of measurable staccato in addition to pausing between good volume to emphasis his dissatisfaction and portrayal of the yet ill-condition of humanity. In perfect pitch, he asked, “Will the world ever learn?” (Beebe, p. 190)

As the speech moved from the introduction, through the body and onto the conclusion with good verbal transitions, he used an appropriate quotation to drive the depth of his feelings home. (Beebe, pp. 111, 121) He closed his speech after quoting Camus, author of The Plague: “After all,” he said, “after the tragedy, never the rest… there is more in the human being to celebrate than to denigrate.” Wiesel acknowledged that although painful, the same truth could be said of the concentration camp that had held him and many, many others prisoner.

Elie Wiesel’s speech captured me from the beginning. From the heart-wrenching story of how he and others suffered at the hands of sadistic national socialists to his repetitive claim and proof that the world hasn’t learned because similar events were happening in other parts of the world today. (Beebe, pp. 190) Although he paced his speech so that every word could be heard and understood, at times, I found the pace to be a little too slow for my comfort. But, I think that was the intent as it played a key factor in presenting his misery.

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