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DISCOURSE ANALYSIS This discourse analysis attempts to answer several questions regarding Chairman Hydes speech against the president Firstly an attempt has been made to uncover some of the more prevalent themes and discourses in the hope that they will give some kind of enlightenment of American society and culture Secondly this analysis describes the many ways in which Chairman Hyde attempts to persuade his audience of his cause The portrayed image of President Clinton is then focused on and finally there is a discussion relating to the various social codes implied within Hydes speech It has been found that many of these areas overlap to a greater or lesser degree However it is believed that the four questions should be answered separately at the risk of sounding repetitive as this gives the reader a chance to identify and understand how ideas and themes can serve quite different purposes when expressed in different contexts and discourses and with particular motivations Throughout the summation of Hydes case against the president he draws upon several prevalent discourses These act as an influential basis for his argument designed to appeal specifically to other members of the senate the counsel for the president and the chief justice Secondly and more importantly these discourses allow us some insight into an idealised conception of American history political climate and culture They represent a popular conception of the foundations of white middle class America Throughout the analysis we must remember that Chairman Hyde implicitly speaks of the discourses within a tangled web of bias and intent I am extremely sceptical as to the validity of these themes and discourses as active mentalities or social constructs within contemporary American society Rather I believe they express an idealistic dream or goal that particularly politicians would like to believe is the foundation of American society Expressed throughout Hydes argument is an unmentioned yet strong sense of nationalism He immediately starts
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