Rhetorical Analysis Of J. K. Rowling's Proliferation Speech

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Everyone suffers daily from some form of pain. The whole world suffers on some scale and dealing with this pain can be difficult for most. Some look for a whole new way at looking at life so that they can focus on bettering themselves and overall the world. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, gives a speech at one of Harvard's graduation ceremony in 2008. She wanted to give an inauguration speech that the graduates could remember and benefit from which she wishes happened at her inauguration speech when she graduated. Rowling wants the graduates to learn the benefits of failure and the crucial importance of imagination, which she states at the beginning of her speech. Her audience can learn a lot from this (they being the …show more content…
She shares with the students how her parents struggled from poverty and she herself landed in the same unfortunate predicament when becoming an adult. Rowling believes that her parents didn’t have faith in her in college yet forgives them for their failed efforts in preparing her. She also had to say how her early life wasn’t all bad. In point of fact, she believes that it allowed her to flourish, although in a painful way. Sharing her experience was a way of testimony of its own and allowed for her ethos-like credibility to be bonafide. Rowling had suffered from poverty and depression and thought of herself as a failure, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew”. She goes on to say her realization of her circumstances freed her in a sense, “failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me... I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still …show more content…
She tried to teach the graduates that living is painful but worth it for all its faults. She eased the minds of the graduates that there are benefits to failure and the importance of imagination, J.K. Rowling uses the persuasive techniques such as ethos to create testimonial propaganda and pathos to guilt the graduates so that they know what adulthood can be like and to be courteous and helpful with their lives. Though she has been in pain and around those in pain she believes that living with failure and being willfully imaginative is crucial to exercises in the world. If everyone could live by these simple principles the world would, theoretically, be a better

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