In preparation for this speech, find a piece of published criticism about something you love. Tell us about the thing you love, what the critic says about it, and what you have to say about the criticism. Your purpose in this speech should not be to persuade the audience to your point of view on your objet d'amour, or that the criticism—positive or negative—is right or wrong. Instead, you’ll explore what criticism is in this particular case and what it assumes about criticism in general. Along the way, you’ll also give the audience insight into your own background, personality, beliefs, values, attitudes, or aspirations. Particular care will be given to explain difficult concepts or aspects of the subject of which a general audience would not ordinarily be aware. Visual aids can only be used to show the thing you love. Source citations are not required unless published sources are used as supporting evidence, but be clear about the author, date, and source of the criticism you discuss. Your speech will display both mastery of the subject-matter and adaptation to the audience in its arguments and appeals, its structure, and use of language.

Length of Presentation: 2–3 minutes


Mintz, Steven. “Rethinking Huck.” History Now: Books that Changed History. The Gilder
Lehrman Institute of American History. Retrieved online August 29, 2016

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Speech on Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Who doesn’t love a book that tells a story of a great adventure? That is why I like the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It is generally agreed to be a classic work of American Literature and educators across the country teach it in Middle and High School classrooms.
Huckleberry Finn was first published in 1884 and it is a sequel to Twain’s first novel Tom Sawyer. In the book, Huckleberry Finn is the son of the town drunkard. Afraid that he will be sent away to a plantation to work, Huck, with the help of his best friend Tom Sawyer, to escape their hometown along the Mississippi River and on their journey find a runaway slave named Jim. The novel is all about their adventures and the two friends’ attempt to free Jim. I have always thought the story was wonderful and it reminds me of many things in the United States that people cherish: especially tolerance and justice for all.

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