Reflection Of Steve Jobs's Speech To Stanford University Graduates

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“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 …show more content…
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 hardships he endured , including dropping out of college, and being fired from a company that he’d founded, and how despite all of the hardship, he overcame and became very successful. In the beginning of his speech to Syracuse Graduates, Saunders also tells a story, about a young girl who was being picked on when he was in seventh grade. He reflects upon the incident and uses it to bring him to the focus of his speech, positing the notion, that in life, being kind to people is key. By the use of pathos by both men, along with vivid imagery of the situations, they’ve tapped into the audiences’ feelings of sympathy and empathy. Jobs used this emotional appeal to convey his message throughout the …show more content…
No big deal. Just three stories” (Jobs 3). Based on the quote from this line of his speech, it’s evident that the intention of Jobs was to speak to the audience in an unpremeditated or casual diction that would give the audience a sense of casual conversation between them and Jobs. This is exactly what he did throughout the speech. In lines 59-60 Jobs let the audience know that losing the focus of his entire adult life was, as he described “devastating”. The syntax of his speech, and this moment in particular, allowed the audience to become emotionally engaged with Jobs, feeling a sense of sympathy. The best example of his casual diction in his speech, is when he tells the audience “ Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it” (Jobs 114). Jobs used topics and words that are easily understood, to build the structure of his speech. He is frank in most of the things he said, while being very insightful. When he mentions the “devastating” feeling of being terminated from apple, and the blunt style in which he approaches death, Jobs speaks in a style that everyone who is at the graduation can easily understand, and for that matter, relate to. His word choice is simple and helps him portray honesty. Using

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