Analysis Of George Saunders 's ' The New York Times Best Seller '

733 Words Sep 5th, 2016 3 Pages
On the 11th of May in 2013, George Saunders, an English professor, delivered a commencement speech that challenged human thinking. Saunders was the author of the New York Times best seller "Tenth of December", and a professor at Syracuse University in New York. He delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class of 2013, as well as their families, friends, and the board of directors at Syracuse. The ten-minute speech addressed his biggest regret; "failure of kindness".
Saunders first acknowledged his audience by saying the students were “energetic young people, with all of their best years ahead of them”. He then identified himself as “some old fart, with his best years behind him”. As the students as Syracuse University begin their next journey and move into society as adults, Saunders sparked an idea in their minds involving kindness and how humans can spread it more contagiously. In hope for the graduating class to embody the speech that he was delivering, Saunders began with a brief anecdote revolving a regret he had in middle school. The short story, which is a very effective way to get the audience’s attention, was about his lack of kindness to the shy girl in his class. She was constantly being teased for her size, glasses, and her nervous habit of putting her hair in her mouth. Saunders went on to admit his regret to respond to the bullying right in front of him. He then questioned the audience by asking “Who, in your own life do you remember most fondly”.…

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