Interview of Princess Diana

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According to Fairclough (2001) discourse has in many ways become a more salient and potent element of social life in the contemporary world, and that more general processes of current social change often seem to be initiated and driven by changes in discourse.


Though the topics in the interview are personal, the interviewer has the capacity to pierce into different aspect of the royal family and has intelligently brought out the matters, which are secret for the common man. The genre of the text is interactive-narrative in the form of dialogue between two persons - an interviewer- an adept journalist and an interviewee- a person from royal family. The text is interactive in the sense that the conversation is in cooperation and both the persons have some arguments on several topics and narrative in the sense that the interviewee is narrating her personal understanding concerning her difficulties and problems along with the method adopted to solve the same. The opening sentence of the journalist Martin Bashir is in the tone of satire. When he says, '...pressures that came with marrying into the Royal Family' he comprehends that a royal family has an assortment of pressures owing to their obligations.
The person is from a political royal family so the chances of political statement were high but there are only personal statements in the text. Awfully gracious and pleasant accent is presented with some twist of satire at certain points throughout the statements. ...
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