Y9 Homework – A Motivational Speech

Your homework is to write a motivational speech, as the captain of a sports team, in the style of the St Crispin’s Day address in Henry V. I’d suggest that rugby would lend itself well to this, as a brutal, gladiatorial contest – I doubt ping-pong would have the same effect…

To give you an idea of the tone of the piece, here is a YouTube clip from the Brannagh version:

And, on a more light-hearted note, try this one on for size:

Hints and tips after the break.

Firstly, what motivational devices can you spot in the speech? (read along with his delivery in your books.) He might use some of the following:

Building to a climax
Rhetorical questions (“What’s he that wishes so?”)
Repetition and contrast (“The fewer men, the greater share of honour.”)
Hyperbole (Exaggeration for effect)
Praise (“From this day to the ending of the world,/But we in it shall be remembered”)
Insult (“We would not die in that man’s company/That fears his fellowship to die with us”)
Friendship and companionship(“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;/For he to-day that sheds his blood with me/Shall be my brother”)
Pride (“Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, /And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.'”)

Around ten sentences should be right for this piece. I will be picking people at random to deliver it, so be prepared.

If you need more inspiration, here are a number of speeches, all inspired by Shakespeare’s original.

Aragorn in Return of the King

President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day

And lastly, the great Williamm Wallace in Braveheart

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~ by mrprestney on February 25, 2009.

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