Farewell Address Speech

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”Commencement Address” is a speech by American writer and professor in English, George Saunders, who delivered the speech at a graduation at Syracuse University in New York in May 2013. The overall theme in the text is the importance of kindness and the main point is that you have to work hard to be kind, but at the end, it will be the most rewarding thing to do in your life. He starts this theme of, by explaining that his only regret in life is “failures of kindness”, and follows by reflecting on his views on kindness. This includes that being kind is hard because we are born focusing on ourselves, how being kind gets easier with age and that working towards success is good, but that kindness should always be in the back of your mind.
The sender is George Saunders and the receivers are the graduates. The goal of the speech, is to not only make the students understand that being a good person is the most important thing you can do, but also to motivate them to actually live their lives according to this.
Saunders ethos is good. The fact that he is a professor is of course important, but in this case, it does not play as big of a role as it usually would. This is not an academic text full of facts that has to be correct but a more emotionally driven text. Here one of the most important factors is that he is a middle-aged man who has actually lived through the things he is speaking of. Sharing embarrassing stories, like the following, also have great effect, “Skinny-dipping
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