This year in 9th Grade English, I have read seven autobiographies, with many more to come. Almost all of them included reconstructed speeches the person either gave or heard. From the other autobiographies I have read outside of this class, reconstructed speeches seem to be a common thing to add to an autobiography. Does this mean I should add one in my autobiography as well?
If I write my autobiography now, as a 13 year old, I would not add reconstructed speeches into my autobiography for two reasons. Reason one: I have never had much patience to listen to speeches. Only speeches with topics that really interest me would keep my attention. As I have not come across (or searched for) speeches with interesting topics I would not have any speeches to include in my autobiography. Reason two, when I come across the reconstructed speeches included in other people’s autobiographies I tend to get bored and skip through it, or only skim through the text. In a past essay, I stated that I wanted my target audience to be teenagers my age, which leads me to assume that most children are like me and would not be too interested in reading a reconstructed speech.
However, if I wrote my autobiography as an adult, or even as a 20 year old, I would consider adding reconstructed speeches into my autobiography. By the time I am 20 years old, I would assume that I have found and attended speeches that piqued my interest (most likely while in college) that would leave an impression in my mind. If this is the case, it would be very easy and enjoyable for me to write about the speech while keeping the points accurate.
As you can see, speeches are not something that I would consider adding to my autobiography now. But, if I start writing my autobiography as an adult, I will obviously not have to same mentality (and patience) as I have right now at the age of 13.