Ladies and Gentlemen – Research Paper Example


Ladies and Gentlemen

Question one
According to the Courtier, good oratory manner and mode of presentation in speech among others define a well rounded person (Castiglione & Javitch, 2002). Regarding speech, the audience must be in a position to marvel at the well rounded person. The speech is supposed to make the person be translated into a beautiful spectacle for others to contemplate. The first impression to the audience creates an impact on reception. This means that dressing is vital to a well rounded person. It aids in boosting success. Furthermore, delivery in speech is also important in defining a well rounded person. The Courtier also insists that a well rounded person should have a well sounding voice that is clear, sweet and sonorous. The voice should not be too effeminate, not rough, and should be complimented by a calm face and a play of eyes, giving a gracious effect.
In addition, the Courtier, a perfect gentleman is indifferent. By this, the courtier considers the act of careful negligence as he appears to be at ease and effortless. This is through presentation of all by making the audience perceive it as effortless and with much ease. This means that a well rounded person should not struggle to present or achieve anything.
In summary, the general characteristics of an all rounded person are good oratory and speech presentation skills, ability to make the audience marvel, a figure of contemplation, and reception everywhere because of the mode of dressing, clarity in the sound, sweetness, and sonority in the voice. Indifference is also a defining term for a well rounded person in the Courtier (Castiglione & Javitch, 2002).
Question two
This is a survey to find out the validity of the Courtier’s characteristics of a well round person. The method of survey is random sampling. With this, the samples are regardless of any defining feature. They are general so long as they are humans. The design is through filling in questionnaires with the answers by ten respondents. The respondents are the people met on the streets without paying respect to their gender, age, race, or any other discriminative features.
The survey question was simply asking the respondents to give a brief description of a well rounded person in the modern society and its validity. The question was leading and leaning towards what the Courtier describes as a well rounded person/ a gentleman and/or lady. The respondents were to comment on the relevancy and validity of the Courtier’s characteristics of a well rounded person in today society (Robert, 1990).
The main terms in the survey were speech of the person, charisma, mode of dressing, sound clarity in speech presentation and indifference in situation handling. The respondents were aged between 15 and 45 years of age, 6 female and 4 male. 4 were high school students, 2 were college students while the rest, 4 were working middle class persons.
Question three
From the results in the questionnaire, we can say that age was a major factor in categorizing people as gentlemen/ ladies. This is because most varying answers were determined by age rather than gender and occupation.
Respondents below 33 years emphasized charisma and mode of dressing as basic definitions of a perfect/ well round person. Over 33 years, the emphasis laid on indifference and composure in handling situations. Speech presentation did not receive any warm recommendations. This is because respondents said that anyone could give a perfect speech with a well composition, regardless of whether they are perfect, gentle or well round, depending on the situation of speech delivery.
Social status of the respondents determined their positions on defining a person as a gentleman/lady in the society. Most young people and school going students prefer to using charisma and dressing code in defining an all round person while the others in the study prefer indifference and speech presentation mode; though we cannot dispute the fact that all the respondents recognize all the aspects of defining an all round person that the Courtier forwards.
Age /gender/status
Response to:

Charisma
Dressing code
Indifference
Speech presentation
15 – 33 (5)
Male (2)
High school (1)
Should be highly charismatic
Very important
Necessary
Not a factor, though important


College student






Working class (1)
Should be charismatic
Important
Important, though not a necessity
Circumstantial

Female (3)
High school (2)
Very important and necessary
Very imperative to the person
Not a necessity but important
Circumstantial


College student (1)
Very important for recognition
Important and necessary
Important though not necessary
Important


Working class (-)




33 – 45 (5)
Male (3)
High school (-)






College student (1)
Important but not a necessity
Necessary
Quite important in defining the person
Very important


Working class (2)
Necessary
Social requirement
Quite a necessity
Quite important

Female (2)
High school (-)






College student (1)
A bit necessary
A social recognition necessity
Quite imperative
A necessity for definition of a person


Working class (1)
Important for social recognition
Needs to be modest for recognition
Very important
A necessity for definition of a person
Source: personal data and inferences
Question Four
The courtier forwards descriptions of a perfect and well rounded person as an eloquent, well dressed/groomed, charismatic and indifferent (Castiglione & Javitch, 2002). These and many other characteristics define an ideal gentleman/lady in the society; though in the modern society, there are variants that determine the definition (Metzger, 2004). This, therefore means that the definition of an all round person are circumstantial and leave room for hypocrisy, since all revolves around looking good in the eyes of others. Therefore, I agree with the controversial characteristics that Castiglione defines in The Courtier.


















References
Castiglione, B., & Javitch, D. (2002). The book of the courtier. New York: W.W. Norton.
Metzger, B. (2004). A perfect gentleman. New York: Signet.
Robert, G. (1990). Composing Ourselves in Style: The Aesthetics of Literacy in The Courtier.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, 24(3), 45-56.