Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture Analytical Essay by Nicky

Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture
An analysis of the audience and style of Dr. Randy Pausch's last lecture.
# 148188 | 771 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2011 in Communication (Language and Speech)

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The paper relates that Dr. Randy Pausch's speech was primarily intended for his three children, to offer advice and to provide memories through which they would be able to remember him. The paper then questions why an entire audience of Oprah Show viewers and You Tube users are awed by this lecture, and argues that the content of this speech and the personality of Pausch make this speech inspiring for all of us. The paper discusses how he allows the forbidden subject of death to be addressed without euphemism, and he addresses these concepts in a relaxed, honest, up-front, and practical way.

From the Paper:

"Further, Pausch makes the fact that his audience is his children clear by offering them not only instructions, but also memories through which to remember him. Pausch's lecture is incredibly authentic. He presents himself as who he is, a man who is a father, a professor, a caring husband, and an interested intellectual. Now that he is gone, Pausch's children can look back on this lecture to remember who their father was, not just through photos of him and others' memories, but through a an excerpt of him showing what his personality was like--authentically. By bringing personal memories and anecdotes into the speech, Pausch also allows his children to put him in their own history, even though he will have passed away before they reach the age of majority."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Inspirational Speech by Dr. Randy Pausch on the Oprah Winfrey Show: The Last Lecture, Dr. Pausch Passed Away on July 25, 2008." You Tube. 4 March 2008. 2 May 2009. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9ya9BXClRw>

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