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 …show more content…
They do not care if it is earned, or if they even did well; as long as there is something to brag about, it does not matter. Teens should take time to enjoy life to grow into mature, experienced individuals and actually go places and do things because that is what they enjoy, not because they think it will be another thing to brag about Youth fails to see what life is about; they need to understand, growing from failure is better than learning nothing from winning. McCullough, towards the end, emphasizes that “Generation Z” should not just experience life to brag about it, but to grow by saying, “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly… And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.” (McCullough
As Tim O'Brien discusses Curt Lemon's death, he effectively highlights the underlying paradoxes of a war story's truths by telling the same story in three accounts that each differ in diction, mood, tone, and sometimes imagery. For example, in the first paragraph, O'Brien utilizes a neutral, objective tone as he briefly lists the events before, during, and after Lemon's death. How so? O'Brien implicates his staunch neutrality in the middle of the first paragraph, where he nonchalantly recants, "He [Curt Lemon] was playing catch with Rat Kiley, laughing, and then he was dead." Here O'Brien seems to be playing with the audience's emotions, as he intentionally uses phrases such as "playing catch" and "laughing" to indicate vibrancy and child-like
I feel that Grimké 's main purpose when writing her article was that she wanted to inform that we are not just a skin color and women are not just to seen and not heard that people of color and women are human and they have voices that need to be heard and rights that need to be met. I find Grimke very ahead of her time and t be raised in home with slave and look past that is remarkable. I feel Douglass main purpose from his speech was to call out Americans for what they were, hypocrites. He wanted Americans to show their true colors and admit the bias monster they have become who believed in freedom for all but only for the ones that look like them. Douglass as an escaped slave had the knowledge and the right to talk about the injustice and
In his fiery speech to the Senate, given on March 7, 1850, shortly after the passing of the Compromise of 1850, Senator Daniel Webster expresses his views of secession to Abraham Lincoln, presenting the Compromise of 1850 as a Union-saving measure. The Compromise of 1850 admitted California as a free state, but also enforced a stringent Fugitive Slave Act, which forced runaway slaves to be returned to their masters. Webster’s powerful speech outlines his feelings towards the South and secession, clearly showing that the speaker believed in a united, but also in a way divided, nation. Daniel Websterwas originally a lawyer and later served as a Massachusetts congressman and senator. As a congressman, he strongly opposed the War of 1812, the annexation of Texas, and going to war with Mexico.
Social Worker and Reformer Florence Kelley in her speech to the National American Suffrage Association, on July 22nd, 1905 advocates for women and child labor laws. Kelley tries to persuade, consequently playing on the audience’s feelings. She begins by expressing reasoning, playing with emotion and stating facts. Kelley is successfully appealing to your conscience and sense of culpability. She places the audience in the factories along with the children.
“You Are Not Special” presented by David McCullough, Jr. This was a graduation speech presented in front of the graduating class of Wellesley High School. McCulloch presented this informative speech to let all the seniors at WHS what the real world is really like. McCullough goes off stating that this class of graduating class is not special at all.
Introduction: The purpose of this analysis is to examine the rhetorical appeals of an argument presented by two different authors who have written on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Douglas Eldridge’s, “Why the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence outweigh the Risks” provides the potential positives to the rise of Artificial Intelligence. He dispels some of the common myths regarding the risks of AI, suggesting that these myths are either unfounded or not so risky.
Admiral William H. Mcraven addressed the 2014 graduating class at the University of Austin, Texas with more than eight thousand students in attendance. The address given by Adm. Mcraven touched the hearts of millions from all around the world by his inspirational message of how one person can change the world if they simply helped change the lives of ten others in their lifetime. I chose this speech for my rhetorical analysis because of the simple message it portrays, how helping a few can eventually help many. Adm. Mcraven’s address was especially effective for his audience, much due to how he relates to the students by reminiscing of the day he graduated from UT while providing advice for young college graduates preparing to begin their adult lives.
Rhetorical appeals reveal the hidden message the character is trying to convey. The rhetoric also highlights the character’s emotions, feelings and the significance of the text. It allows readers to gain a better understanding of the characters. Arthur Miler, the author of The Crucible, highlights the importance of mass hysteria through rhetorical appeals. John Proctor, the tragic hero is a loyal, honest, and kind-hearted individual.
Teenagers constantly worry what other people think of them: friends, family, even strangers. They’ve all been there. But what teenagers should really be worrying about is what they think of themselves. Teens should not be pressured to choose between what they want to be based on what others want them to be. Yet, teenagers think that their options are limited, and that’s where they take the wrong turn.
Often known as the Father of American Literature to many educated individuals, Ralph Waldo Emerson in his oration “The American Scholar” brilliantly provides a sublime example of how Emerson earned his title through the appliance of diction, syntax, allusions, and many other rhetorical devices and strategies. Indicated towards his highly educated audience, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Emerson introduces the idea that the common class and common concepts of everyday life are becoming the future of art and literature through purpose, credibility, and tone. As many great writers, Emerson does not simply tell about his idea, but instead uses rhetorical strategies to help show his central point, one such strategy being purpose. Being focused on informing his audience of the coming days, the use of purpose can be
The United States is made up of some of the most diverse and interesting cultures in the world. Jamila Lyiscott proves this by showing her different dialects and how they are all equally important. Lyiscott believes that the way she speaks towards her parents, towards her friends, and towards her colleagues are all one in the same. Throughout the entirety of her speech, Lyiscott changes up her vocal patterns and dialects so that the audience can understand first hand what each of these dialects are. When she talks about her father, Lyiscott uses her native tongue, when she talks to her fellow neighbors and close friends she switches it up to a more urbanized dialect, and when she is in school she masks the other two dialects with a professional sounding language.
Many teenagers often ask themselves who they are and what they believe. As they search for an answer, they slowly begin to build their identity. The principles that underlie the universe of obligation allows adolescents to continue to find their identity. Because of this, impressions or previous stereotypes conceived then usually stays with them until adulthood. Elie Wiesel’s Night and Helen Fein’s Universe of Obligation helps allows teens to understand the world around them.
In this passage, Ezekiel Cheever responds to John Proctor’s curiosity about what a needle in a poppet signifies and why his wife Elizabeth is being accused of using witchcraft against Abigail Williams. Cheever’s response explains his knowledge of how Abigail was afflicted, his possession of strong evidence against Elizabeth Proctor as a court official, and both his and the town of Salem’s tendency to turn to superstition to explain mysterious events. As Cheever explains how Abigail was afflicted by the needles from the poppet, he utilizes a simile when he states that Abigail fell to the floor, after being stabbed, “like a struck beast” (74). Cheever says this to emphasize the abruptness and intensity of the situation and how significant it is that there is no visual perception of anyone
Today, texting has become the most widely used communication technique for teenagers and young adults. It is written in completely informal language and it has no literature value in it. Although the critics believe texting is destroying literature value, McWhorter has another opinion in mind. McWhorter thinks that texting is another form of language that is developed by teenagers. It is the creation of a brand new language evolving from the old literature.
If I could say one thing to the youth, it would be this: Never Give Up. Keep trying and pushing and struggling, even if you don’t know what your goal is or why you would want to achieve it. Make a point to succeed when a person says you are not capable of doing so because when you succeed you are proving not only to them that you can but to yourself. Respect the person who is doubting you because that will let them know that you are not effected by what they are saying. People will recognize you as someone who won’t give up, and they will get out of your way.