The King’s Speech
Responsibilities of a king are numerous, but above all, a king is there to protect and speak for the people. Although the power a king has is limited in modern time, the king is still the face of the nation and represent the people. The king must address the nation during important events such as the entering of a war. In “The King’s Speech”, Prince Albert, Duke of York, is faced with speech difficulties that prevent him from making a suitable, public figure. Prince Albert, also known as Bertie, visited many speech therapists but had seen little result in improving his “mechanical difficulties” (King’s Speech). Elizabeth, the ...view middle of the document...
As the scene begins with Bertie and Lionel in the broadcasting room, it seems rather small and calming. After Lionel opens the windows for circulation, the viewers can see that there was a customized podium for Bertie; all décor was to provide the king with comfort. With only twenty seconds until broadcasting, Lionel gives one last breath of confidence to Bertie; “Forget about everything else and just say it to me. Say it to me, as a friend” (King’s Speech). Before Bertie begins his speech, the camera is directed toward the script in his quivering hands. The pages were marked specifically and tactfully to provide Bertie with notes on where to pause and when to emphasize. Slowly the blinking light switches off and Bertie stares nervously into the microphone; his hands are shaking, throat is swelling, and neck is constricting. People internationally were tuned in, listening closely with growing apprehension to the silence. Lionel calmly looks at Bertie and tells him to breath. Using Lionel’s contagious confidence, Bertie exhaled, remembering the techniques he had practiced, and the king was able to begin.
King George VI started slowly and with minimal confidence in his voice, grasping the speech in his hands, but soon after addressing his people both domestic and overseas, his performance improved. With simple pauses between every few words, as planned in his notes, not only does the king develop a slow consistent rhythm, but also creates a suspenseful message for the world-wide audience. As the speech progressed, King George VI spoke more confidently and captured the attention of his audience. During this speech, the movie displayed many side scenes of different groups of people attentively listening to the radio, taking in every word. Even though the king started the speech with shaky hands and a rather nervous voice, he finished the speech smoothly and successfully. Bertie steadily gained confidence and stood tall and...