In terms of composition, this study guide is based on an extract from Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech. Whenever you see four little dots in the text, something from the original speech has been cut out. When analyzing composition, you should keep in mind that you do not have the entire speech.
The extract from Powell’s speech can be split into five sections.
In the first part (paragraphs 1-4) – which is not the original beginning – Powell introduces a personal anecdote in which he presents the distress of a voter who no longer considers the UK suitable for his children.
In the second part (paragraphs 5-12), Powell makes predictions about how mass immigration to the UK will affect the native population in the following decades. Here, he also proposes measures to limit immigra...