Intention

Enoch Powell’s intention with the “Rivers of Blood” speech is to persuade British people that immigrants have a negative impact on the country. For this, he mainly relies on pathos and on personal stories about real people which help him describe the tension that ordinary Britons feel when it comes to immigration from the former colonies. Moreover, words with negative meanings help Powell create a sense of panic and convince the general population that action needs to be taken against immigration. 

Powell’s intention is also to present the Conservative Party’s twofold plan concerning immigration. He explains that firstly immigration must be stopped and secondly immigrants living in the UK must be encouraged to return to their home countries. F...

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