While giving the introduction part, Costner generally uses a low tone. This helps set the mood that marks the occasion. However, the moment he approaches the onset of the story, he uses a raised voice to bring the audience back into the story, away from the sadness that seems to have covered the place. The phrase “So what am I talking about here?” is a perfect instance when he raises his voice to achieve this objective. He articulately delivers the theme of his speech. that of taking the audience back in time when they were still growing up, and uses trivial body movement and surly facial expression, to bring out the idea that however funny the stories might seem, they are a reflection on the life of the departed soul.