Rousing Speeches

Posted: May 29, 2009 in General
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As a writer, one of the things I really want to accomplish is to be able to give characters stirring, inspiring speeches – the kind tvtropes refers to as the Rousing Speech.  The kind that can turn the tide of a battle or just make you sit back and go ‘wow’.

There is a bit of a one that makes an appearance in The Bronze Man, but as I’m still learning the craft it isn’t up to level of some of the ones that inspire me.  In time perhaps.

One of the best ones for me is the Rooftop Scene in Bladerunner, given by Roy Batty.  It is made even more memorial as the lines came from the actor, Rutger Hauer, who felt the lines in the script were lacking.  Not your typical rousing speech, but one that really works.

Shakespeare was of course a master of the written word, and he can not go without a mention.  There are many to choose from, including the stirring Band of Brothers speech from Henry V.

Elizabeth I in reality gave one such speech at Tilbury in 1588, before the defeat of the Spanish Armada.  It may seem a little dated to us, but certainly fits the bill.

And then there is Tolkien.  Lord of the Rings seems packed with them.  From Sam, to Aragorn, to Gandalf, to Theoden.

Sam’s speech at the end of the Two Towers.

Aragorn’s speech at the Black Gate.

Theoden’s Speech at Helm’s Deep

Theoden’s speech at Pelennor Fields – in the book this is actually Eomer’s speech, but it was given to Theoden in the movie.

Any others that you find inspiration from?

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