For “today” we read three(maybe 5) speeches (two/four written into a novel and one “real” speech). How does a speech as a mode of communicating or “writing” the nation differ from a written text? Are whatever differences that exist between something intended to be delivered and something intended for publication effaced by the ultimate publication of a speech? You might consider the inherently limited (initial) audience of a speech? Whether there are ways in which both more and less barriers exist in “speaking” the nation? Additionally or alternatively, feel free to discuss your thoughts on the content of these “speeches” and how they relate to other texts we have read or each other.