Task 3: Emotive language and opinion in part of Rowntree’s speech

• Read the section: ‘Writing to persuade- Key Techniques

• As you read the speech you will find lots of examples of “QUES QUES FOARR”

• For this exercise, point to the parts of the speech where Rowntree uses emotive language and opinion.

“Sometimes, of course, the bread-winner dies before the children are able to bring any wage; or the man himself is less bright than his fellows, and in times of full trade is the first to be discharged. Or if the man is skilful, failure of eyesight may destroy the market value of his skill. Or, again, changes in the process of manufacture may render valueless skill laboriously acquired. Or a change of fashion, or a general dullness of trade swell the ranks of the unemployed.

What street in the working-class districts of the city is there without homes in which tragedies of one or another of these types are to be known? We are apt to comfort ourselves with the thought that the sterner virtues are developed in association with poverty, and this is often true. But poverty is one thing, and destitution is another.

The hopelessness, the heart-breaking misery of those who are eager to work but cannot find it, whose homes are broken up, who are unable to give to their children the shelter and the care they need, who feel that whatever effort is put forth is likely to end in failure, this condition saps the strength and is altogether evil.

The day is past when men were able to believe that it is any part of the Divine plan that men and women should live maimed or stunted lives. We now hold to the belief that these problems will yield to thoughtful, sympathetic and patient effort. My last thought is this: Whatever the remedial agencies may be, the governing bodies of our cities and rural districts will play a large part in them.

If the City is wise enough to continue to send to its Council Chamber able and unselfish men prepared to give much time to its duties, it will I believe, in the next half- century achieve work equally beneficent with that which has been accomplished in the past. Once again I thank you for the honour which you have conferred upon me.”