The Bullet or the Ballot
This is for discourse analysis of Malcolm X’s The Bullet or the Ballot speech, and how it relates to today’s society
Analyze your chosen discourse using four concepts or theories of discourse analysis outlined in your course textbook and other required resources (i.e. use of lexical grammar, Grice’s maxims, intertextuality, etc.).
Assess how language is used persuasively, offensively, effectively, or ineffectively to convey a particular social message or agenda.
Locate two other discourse samples about the same topic.
These can be excerpts in the same genre, or you may draw from other genres (such as blogs, social media posts, Tweets, video clips, multi-media excerpts, etc.).
Compare the arguments and language used in the additional excerpts to your chosen text, drawing upon concepts and theories of discourse analysis outlined in the course.
Assess how the three discourse samples shape and are shaped by ideologies of power, control, injustice, inequality, social change, and emancipation.