Analysis Of ' The No Big Deal ' Essay

1467 Words Feb 18th, 2015 6 Pages
“Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories” (Jobs 3). From the very beginning of his 2005 speech to Graduates of Stanford University, Steve Jobs presented a comfortable and relatable tone to his audience, a tone that he maintained throughout the speech. George Saunders began his 2013 speech delivered to Syracuse University Graduates in a similar tone, stating “Down through the ages, a traditional form has evolved for this type of speech, which is: Some old fart, his best years behind him… (that would be me), gives heartfelt advice to a group of shining, energetic young people, with all of their best years ahead of them (that would be you)” (Saunders 1). After reviewing the writing techniques used in both of the “Advice to Graduates” pieces, it’s easy to see that both Jobs and Saunders used casual diction to establish a comfortable position of ethos, along with reflective imagery, to be effective in conveying their main points to the audience. Great speakers like Jobs or Saunders, use emotion as the, for lack of a better term, connect, between them and their intended audiences. For this reason both of their speeches, at one point mention how they felt about something that happened to them, or how a situation made them feel. Jobs began his speech by introducing the audience to his background, starting by telling the story of his mother putting him up for adoption. Throughout his piece he mentioned the various…

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