Language is a very powerful tool, it can instil immense influence and passion among an individual or a group of individuals.
Language has various forms and ways to inspire, leading people to take action in an unjust world. This can be seen in speeches, song lyrics, books, and different forms of social media. If someone wants to use their voice, they can.
Language is flexible, a song can be interpreted differently by each individual. From the song “trust in you” by Lauren Daigle she says, “As I cry out to You I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You” this can be interpreted as crying out to a family member, a friend, or as she implies a god. By having this flexibility in her language she makes it open for interpretation and allows people to put their own meaning into her lyrics. From Dr Martin Luther King Junior’s speech, “I Have A Dream” he says “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.” Dr Martin Luther King Junior stands up for what he believes is right but also includes the audience in his words by using “we” he wants them to know that they’re in this together. Using words like this MLK lets the listener feel involved in what he is preaching, and years after this speech his words can still be referred to in different situations where social justice is needed in an unjust world.On the other hand, having a direct message can tell the listener being told exactly what they need to do. Martin Luther King Junior uses language to assert his message from his “I Have A Dream” speech he tells each individual what “we” will do, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence…. We must rise….We cannot walk alone.” MLK does this to instil passion and hope in his people. He knows there will be change, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” he distowns great trust and leadership but support everything he says and instilling trust that there will be a change.
Leadership gives people someone that they can put their trust into, guiding people in the right direction to make a change will cause more to follow. The Black Eyed Peas created a song to grab people’s attention and provide awareness, this song is called “Where Is The Love?” and holds powerful messages such as, “Wrong information always shown by the media. Negative images is the main criteria.
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria. Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema.” in this quote they are telling the listener that all media is manipulated so you won’t ever really know the complete truth, and it is all created to make you think what they want you to think. They only care about the money and not about what it’s doing to people.
This is a powerful message and by clearly stating it in a catchy way makes people aware that it is an issue. Overall, language can be used in various was to instill encouragement and passion within people. This can be shown through various forms of media, such as songs or speeches for example, Dr Martin Luther King’s’ “I Have A Dream” speech, “Trust In You” by Lauren Daigle, and “Where Is The Love” by The Black Eyed Peas.