Rhetorical Analysis Of ' Failure And Imagination ' By J.k. Rowling

1364 Words Oct 24th, 2014 6 Pages
Graduation is a time for the celebration of success, however world renowned writer, J.K. Rowling, chose just this occasion to talk about failure. Speaking at the commencement ceremony at Harvard University for the 2008 graduating class, Rowling gives her advice to the Ivy-League grads as they matriculate out into the real world in her speech entitled “Failure and Imagination”. The purpose of this speech was to connect with the audience, to let them know that life is about not just success but also failure, and to stress the benefits of having a good imagination. Giving her thesis as a prequel of what is to come, the author tells the crowd, “…I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life’, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination” (Rowling). J.K. Rowling eloquently used the appeals of ethos, pathos and logos to bond with her audience and motivate them as they begin their lives outside of the confines of the university. Most, if not all, of the members of the audience knew of J.K. Rowling before she stepped foot on the stage. In fact, many had grown up with her telling them stories and igniting their imaginations to a magical land of spells, potions, wizards and muggles. With more than 400 million copies of her books sold, Rowlings walked onto the stage not needing an introduction. However, even famous authors get nervous as she tells the Harvardites, “Now all I have to do…

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