Essayist and Novelist David Foster Wallace, in his speech, “This is Water,” defends the true purpose of a liberal arts education, and emphasizes the necessity of thinking the right way in life. Wallace attempts to create a humble, personal tone through the use of informal diction, ethical appeals, and personal encounters in order to connect with his audience and shift them to see that they are not alone in this struggle, and they must prevail in order to truly be “living.” Wallace’s argument is successful due to the implementations of this tone, ethical appeals, and repetition of purposeful phrases. Wallace’s informal or low diction is shown through the use of words such as, “finger wagging,” “bullshit,” and, “god-damn people.” The effect of these words is the creation of a laid back, personable tone that ensures the audience does not feel like Wallace is “preaching” to them or giving them “moral advice.”
Wallace, David Foster "This is Water" Kenyon College Commencement Speech 2005 In the speech "This is Water" David Foster Wallace attempts to explain how the general populace is self-centered and what a person can do to change the "default setting" within our mind. Wallace's main point is to get his audience to understand and realize that they have a daily choice to make between being inconsiderate and acknowledging those around them. They can either remain conceited and unsympathetic towards others, or they can change and attempt to see and understand the situations of those around them as they go through their daily trials. Wallace uses various examples to explain and expand his argument.
David Foster Wallace uses a combination of rhetorical literary devices and modes of persuasion to convince his audience, Kenyon College’s graduating class, that in their adult life it is not only important, but necessary to look past themselves and view the world without themselves at the center. If they do not do so, it will cause them daily misery and pain when having to interact with people when they are tired or bored. Wallace is able to persuade his audience by first gaining credibility with them, so they are more willing to listen to what he has to say. Then, he uses logical reasons as to why they should not put themselves above others in their lives, and solidifies the lesson through emotional appeals that most of the class can relate to and use to grow from. Throughout his speech he uses a variety of rhetorical tools to persuade the audience further, such as his use of anaphora, and syntax in the way he presents his ideas.
Since they connect such a large amount of their self-worth to the prizes of educating and on the grounds that those prizes are open for quite a long time at once, propelled learners frequently don't figure out how to battle or fizzle. Failure then gets to be something to dodge no matter what. Some best in class learners create urgent behaviors, from intemperate stress to procrastination to dietary problems, and sometimes even suicide. Numerous propelled learners just turn out to be less gainful and less fulfilled. Creative generation ordinarily has a high failure-to-achievement proportion.
According to Wallace, after a long and tedious day, we become stressed and let our emotions get the best of us. We are wired to think we are the center of the universe. Because of this way of thinking, we blame others for our frustration and stress. In other words, our brain unconsciously switches to our “natural default setting” (Wallace, 199). In order to be able to overcome this way of thinking, it is important to be able to have the “choice of what to think about” (Wallace 199).
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The Most Sympathetic Character The power of language is used to persuade the audience with facts to back up their opinion towards something. Persuasion empowers an individual to influence others by going out to others and sharing their own experiences and sharing their own opinions but also making sure that they have evidence to back up what they are saying about something. Everyone can easily be persuaded into getting something or thinking something in a different way and that is why the power of language is so important centuries ago and now. Everyone should learn how to differentiate bias information about something or someone in order to be well informed and well educated about something in order to inform others.
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From the article, “Responding, Really Responding”, Richard Straub explains the process of peer response. He taught me that it is important for a responder to give as much feedback as possible to the writer. For instance, when I would do response papers, I would give small simple comments, and then, the writer would always come back to me and ask about my comments. From what Straub shares, he explains that it is acceptable to write a lengthy comment as long as it is giving support to the writer. From now on, I plan on giving details in my comments, so that way my peers will have a better understanding of my suggestions.
With the speech This is Water we are able to be inspired by what Wallace is saying, but also see his own insights on the topic at hand. To fully understand we have to question all the aspects of the speech itself. Let us start with a simple one: What is Wallace saying? This is a question with varying answers because everyone is going to feel differently on the subject. From a personal point of view I take away that Wallace is telling us to live an optimistic life.
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