Which 3 words/ lines are the most interesting to analyse. Weasel words seems pretty straightforward but I just don't how to go into depth with any of the lines.Weasel Words It was explained to Sir...

Which 3 words/ lines are the most interesting to analyse. Weasel words seems pretty straightforward but I just don't how to go into depth with any of the lines.

Weasel Words

It was explained to Sir Robert Armstrong that 'weasel words' are 'words empty of meaning, like an egg which has its contents sucked out by a weasel'

Let me repeat that we Weasels mean no harm. 
You may have read that we are vicious hunters,
but this is absolutely not the case. Pure bias
on the part of your Natural History Book. Hear, Hear.

We are long, slim-bodied carnivores with exceptionally 
short legs and we have never denied this.
Furthermore, anyone here today could put a Weasel 
down his trouser-leg and nothing would happen. Weasel
laughter.


Which is more than can be said for the Ferrets opposite.
You can trust a weasel, let me continue, a Weasel
does not break the spinal cord of its victim with one
bite.
Weasel cheers. Our brown fur coats turn white in winter.

And as for eggs, here is a whole egg. It looks like an 
egg.
It is an egg. Slurp. An egg. Slurp. A whole egg. Slurp...Slurp..

 

The ending seems pretty cool :'It is an egg. Slurp. An egg. Slurp. A whole egg. Slurp...Slurp...' but how would one analyse that ?

 

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It sounds like your assignment is for you to choose the three words or lines you find most interesting for your analysis. That means the final choice needs to be based on your opinion, not any response you get here. Some thoughts that might help -

Weasels and ferrets are members of the same genus in the animal taxonomy. If you were looking at this in terms of political satire, the less than complimentary comments about ferrets could be compared with one faction of a political party accusing another part of the same party of wrong-doings.

The reaction to the egg is revealing. If you were an egg-laying animal, would you agree that "weasels mean no harm" and that they are not "vicious hunters?"

"Our brown fur coat turns white in winter" - so what? This statement has no relationship with anything else in the speech, so why is it included? An example of weasel words from the weasel, maybe?

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