Rhetorical Analysis of Randy Pausch's Last Lecture Essay
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“Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?” That is how Professor Randy Pausch, from Carnegie Mellon, began his last lecture, a speech entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” while in fact he was dying of Pancreatic Cancer. He knew he only had months left to live and put together this last lecture to read to his students. His lecture focuses in on points such as the importance of: making sincere apologies, not whining, being gracious and being humble. To stress his thoughts and views on life and following one’s dreams, Randy Pausch used a great amount of repetition, metaphors, allusion, humor, ethos, and pathos in his last lecture. Randy Pausch went to…show more content…
During his speech, he is honest and accepting of his condition but continues to stay positive. Although he knows he’s dying, he’s still positive even through his darkest times. He makes his audience realize that their problems aren’t so big and to enjoy life.
Randy Pausch uses Pathos to get his point across to his audience. “I am dying soon, and I am choosing to have fun today, tomorrow, and every other day I have left”. He talks about his kids and how they are the ones he wrote this last lecture for, saying “I only wrote this lecture for three people, and when they’re older, they’ll watch it”. Pausch also talks about his family, and love for his wife. By talking about his family and the love he has for them it appeals to people’s emotions. The reader is able to put themselves in the shoes of either his wife, his child, or his own shoes because everyone knows what it is like to have someone that you care deeply about. The thought of losing that person can really strike a chord and overall creates pathos. Pathos is also established in the introduction of his speech when Pausch is explaining his cancer and how he only has months to live, which is easy for many people to relate to considering there are numerous people who have received the news that their loved one has a short period of time to
Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and taught computer science and human-computer interaction. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer; in August 2007 doctors told him that he had “three to six months of good health left.” On September 18, 2007 he gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon called “Really Achieving your Childhood Dreams.” Randy Pausch talked about his childhood dreams and what it took to achieve them and how he has helped others achieve their childhood dreams as well.
This presentation has shown me that my family really cares about me and will not give up on me. Randy Pausch said that “when you are screwing up and nobody is saying anything anymore, that means they gave up on you.” Throughout life we all have problems whether that is on a personal, emotional, or educational level. My problems throughout life have mainly been educational; I have had problems in some classes. There are times when I feel overwhelmed with school and classes and there are times where I feel like I could just drop a class and things would be better. But then I talk with my family, mainly my mom, and she is always able to comfort me and always able to persuade me to stick with it and it will be alright. If my family starts giving up on me they will not be doing all these things for me but instead just let me take the easy way out of things.
Randy Pausch addressed the need to connect with others on a level of respect and understanding by showing what happens when things go wrong in our lives. Connecting with others on an understanding level is necessary in that acknowledging that criticism given to you by others is there way of showing that they still care about you and that they want you to improve. These criticisms are ways that show that this person has not given up on you.
The goal of the presentation was to inspire others about following their dreams and overcoming obstacles in the way. Randy Pausch said...