The Sound of Music – Argumentative Speech OutlineIntroduction:Criteria 1: Communicates deep emotions through memorable music. These songs help the characters express their thoughts, feelings, and help move the story forward.Criteria 2: Everyone can relate to the main topics Thesis/Claim: Robert Weiss’ The Sound of Music should be a timeless classic because it communicates deep emotions through memorable music and it has relatable topics that help the audience feel as if they are part of the movie.Criteria/Reason 1:Topic sentence: Even in the time of extreme peril for him and his family, Captain’s love and loyalty of Austria takes center stage and, through the song lyrics of Edelweiss, he tries to wake up the deep cultural heritage of Austria making it a memorable moment.Lead In: To begin with, this musical is timeless because it has immortal songs filled with emotion and meaningful lyrics. These songs have withstood the test of time and are remembered, enjoyed, and recognized by people even today. For instance, all I have to say is “Doe, a deer!” and chances are you will not only know what song I am singing, you might start singing it as well. Further, the songs help the characters express their thoughts much better than words could have and help move the story forward. To illustrate this point, consider the song “Edelweiss” Evidence: (show on screen)”Edelweiss, EdelweissEvery morning you greet meSmall and white, clean and brightYou look happy to meet meBlossom of snow may you bloom and growBloom and grow foreverEdelweiss, EdelweissBless my homeland forever”Commentary: The song Edelweiss is sung by the protagonist Captain Von Trapp twice in the movie. He first sings this song to his children tenderly as he rediscovers the pleasure music brings to him. At this time he is filled with happiness and hope. Later in the movie he is pressured to join German navy during Austrian annexation, he chooses to defy the orders and escape to Switzerland. He sings this song in Salzburg music festival right before escaping to Switzerland and this time, he wells up with emotion and sadness leaving his beloved country. Edelweiss is a small white flower found in the Alps, between Austria and Switzerland. The song uses the flower to symbolize Austria and its culture. The song was so aptly created and used in the movie that for several years people just assumed it was an Austrian folk song or national anthem. Simply put, this song became a symbol for Austrian pride and helped make the movie an everlasting film.Criteria/Reason 2:Topic sentence: In this conversation, Maria’s tries to explain the fractured relationship of the Captain with his children, and that his deep love must be expressed differently to draw the children closer and be a parent they can trust.Lead In: Next, the movie has some universally appealing themes and no matter who is watching, they can connect with the movie in some way or the other. This has helped this movie to be relevant to people long after it was created. The first part of the movie revolves around governess Maria winning over the kids who have lost their mother and her efforts to draw their disciplinarian father closer to them. Maria notices early on that the kids love their father very much but are afraid of him, and that the captain runs the household like a military unit and does not let his kids be kids. In this dialogue, Maria is persuading the captain to express his love for his kids rather than push them away and is trying to tell how much his kids need him.Evidence: (show parts of dialogue on screen)”Maria: Children can’t do all the things they’re supposed to if they have to worry about spoiling their precious clothes.Maria: Well, they wouldn’t dare! They love you too much. They fear you too much!Maria: Well, you’ve got to hear from someone! You’re never home long enough to know them.Maria: I know you don’t, but you’ve got to! Now, take Liesl.Maria: She’s not a child anymore, and one of these days, you’re going to wake up and find that she’s a woman. You won’t even know her. And Friedrich, he’s a boy, but he wants to be a man and there’s no one to show him how.Maria: Brigitta could tell you about him if you let her get close to you. She notices everything.Maria: And Kurt pretends he’s tough not to show how hurt he is when you brush him aside,Maria: the way you do all of them. Louisa I don’t even know about yet,Maria: but somebody has to find out about her, and the little ones just want to be loved. Oh, please, Captain, love them! Love them all!Commentary: This wonderful movie has many such universal themes that make us feel connected to the characters. No matter who the audience is, they can relate to a child’s desire of being loved by their parents. Similarly, everyone can relate to the theme of courage that enables Maria to confront captain’s parenting style. To sum it up, themes of family, faith, hope, perseverance, patriotism and courage are universal and ageless and a story that weaves them well is bound to resonate with audience in any era.Refutation of a Counter Argument: Some might argue that the movie is set during times of Anschluss and based off of the annexation of Austria, and it may not be relevant in future times. Of course, it may be true that certain events in history may not be relevant in the future. But I believe that the topics of political dissent and desire of living in a free society are not bound to a specific era and are very much relevant today all over the world. In addition, the topics of family, love, courage, faith and music will continue to be valuable topics forever. These are the topics that make us human. The Nazi invasion was an influential historic event known by all and the movie could very well have taken place during Japan’s invasion of China or Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and still be as impactful. The setting is important to the movie but does not reduce its appeal over generations.Conclusion:Overall, The Sound of Music should be a timeless classic because it is a masterpiece that skillfully uses memorable music and soul-touching themes that resonate with its audiences at a personal level. I strongly recommend you all to watch this movie if you haven’t already as it is one of the most beloved movies in history and deservedly so.