George Saunders’ commencement address was given at the Syracuse University in the state of New York in May of 2013. The address took place at the graduation ceremony and its purpose was to guide the young adults who were graduating into the journey which is life. Saunders states "one useful thing you can do with an old person [...] is ask "what do you regret?"" . Saunders is an older man and because of that, throughout the course of his life he has experienced a lot of great memorable moments in his life as well as a great deal regrets.
However, at times he reverts back to referring to the fish as “the fish”. This may imply the moments when Santiago needs his inner strength to kill the fish and accept its death. If he continued to refer to the fish as he, he would still feel that connection to him and it was important for him to momentarily let go of that sense of connection, and stick the harpoon through the fish’s heart. These important additions of structure can be used as a perfect demonstration of the relationship between the man and fish. If the man were not so closely connected to the fish he would have no need to call it him, and he would especially not need to momentarily start calling him “the fish” in order to kill him.
When you do all you can to impress people that you don’t even know some time they will step in your way. When you are growing up you are always told to do as you are told, this is fine in most cases but what if that something is not the right thing for you to do. In The Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison a recent high school graduate has to give his graduation speech in front of all of the communities white leaders. What he doesn’t know is that he is also going for the entertainment of the white leaders. But the Graduate would be a fool to take a beating from the white man and then be rewarded.
In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Kino shows us how foolish he is by blindly trusting those around him. This can be notably seen when Kino is observing his wife tending to their baby with seaweed after their failed attempt to go get the doctor. “She (Juana) gathered some brown seaweed and made a flat damp poultice of it, and this she applied to the baby 's shoulder, which was as good a remedy as any and probably better than the doctor could have done. ”(Steinbeck 15).
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Former Apple CEO and Computer Pioneer Steve Jobs’s “You’ve Got To Find What You Love” stated these words as an ending thought for Stanford University’s class of 2005 at their commencement speech in said the year. His primary goal was to inspire students with various lessons he learned throughout his life so that they may graduate just a little more enlightened as they were before. Jobs does this through the use of anecdotes that portray the literary techniques of logos, counterargument, and allegory to tell the students to not let limitations get the best of you, get back up
In Steve Jobs’ famous Commencement Address, he inspires the graduating students of Stanford University by telling his life story as a way to empower them to follow their dreams. This brilliant man that everyone aspires to be never graduated college. Although what Jobs says in his address is motivating and captures life experiences, I believe this speech is not appropriate for this particular audience. How is dropping out of college a good thing? Steve Jobs said “After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it”, but six months really isn’t enough time to have it all figured out.
David Foster Wallace is an American writer. He spoke at the Kenyon Commencement Address in 2005, where he gave a speech to the graduating class of the year. David tells the graduates of Kenyon College what the true meaning of a liberal arts degree is, and how they should go about finding it. David Foster Wallace’s appeals to credibility, emotion and logical reasoning in his speech – “This Is Water” – to strengthen the idea that the meaning of education is learning how and what to think, independently.
He is getting used to killing and comments on his mixed emotions: “You may be astonished that in such a short period of time I could go from weeping over the muffled killing of a flying fish to gleefully bludgeoning to death a Dorado.” (Life of Pi 185) Pi realizes that he must rely on himself for survival: he cannot depend upon being rescued by another: this forces him to be resilient and resourceful. Especially after the tanker passes, Pi realizes that he cannot depend upon others. The whole range of emotions spreads through him. He must not dwell on the negatives: “I survived because I made a point of forgetting.”
David Foster Wallace, in his commencement speech, “This Is Water,” argues that reaching contentment in life requires a cessation from egoistic thought. Wallace supports his argument by his use of hypothetical anecdotes, shocking diction, and first person point of view so that he can show that self-imposed misery is borne out of self-centered thinking. The author’s purpose is to provide an alternative way of thinking so that individuals are more aware of their mindset during life’s daily, menial tasks. The author writes in a cautionary tone for graduating college seniors who are preparing to enter the world. In his speech, Wallace first uses hypothetical anecdotes in order to show the effect of self-centered thought on one’s happiness.
Butt is like Haroun’s mentor and gives him advice countless of times. One example of this happening was when he tells Haroun, “Need’s a slippery snake...a funny fish: it makes people untruthful. They all suffer from it, but they will not always admit.” (36). He tells Haroun that there’s a difference between “need” and “want,” and Haroun acknowledges that advice near the end of the story when he said that “the way things are just now [he] honestly [doesn’t] need to go anywhere at all” (211).
However, the interpreter signed that they are going to compete with the hearing population. There might have been something I missed or it could have been something that was implied, but I did not think he mentioned competition. There were definitely many limitations to interpretation such as altered meaning, long pauses, and incomplete sentences, all which cause confusion. However, I think I was able to use the strategy of supplementing the interpretation with information gained from direct communication, which was very effective. Through these means, I was able to learn three new signs.
I. Introduction Paragraph A. David Foster Wallace gave a commencement speech that taught lessons about having the ability to choose how to think in situations and to be flexible in their opinions. David Foster Wallace persuades the audience to be open-minded and selfless through rhetorical devices such as ethos, pathos, and logos. Wallace wants the audience to realize that it is best to deviate from one’s own thoughts and think of others; if one cannot exercise this, then adult life will be difficult. The graduates are about to enter routine in adulthood, therefore, positive thoughts can alter a situation. B. Thesis: In “David Foster Wallace, In His Own Words,” David Wallace’s motive is to influence college graduates to be open-minded and
Pursuit of Happiness Alex Smith, a professional football player for the NFL, gave a speech to a graduating class at the University of Utah. With this speech I’m going to take a rhetorical analysis look at it. I’ll take a deeper look into what Smith said, and why he said it that way. The graduation speech was meant to be inspirational for the graduates and others attending the ceremony. It was also intended to congratulate them on their accomplishments.
Young people in the 21st Century need to reevaluate their ethics; David McCullough is helping them understand that by explaining that they need to be honest with themselves and their reality. His scathing criticism of them and their culture, philosophies, and ideologies, is justified and insightful; teens in the United States allows special to become a meaningless term, prefers to win instead of achieving, and cares too much about superficial accomplishments instead of internal growth. McCullough makes a point throughout his speech to say that being special is not just given to you; teenagers are not special by default. In the speech, while he is explaining why young people should look forward to more than just being special or different, in