It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: In one particular example he uses in the essay, Wallace brings up a situation where he is stuck in a traffic jam and he is cut off by a car.
Real freedom is sacrifice The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.
Pathos is the most effective appeal in the essay used to pull at our hearts. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
It makes the reader look further and assess the judgment of someone based off of their life rather then judging someone off of a quick glance.
The only choice we get is what to worship. He acknowledges he is not perfect and has gathered the information he is about to present from his past personal experiences, mistakes, and thoughts. And who are all these people in my way?
Instead, I think Wallace has intentionally left a hole in his argument that he expected the careful listener, and later reader, to find. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. But if you really learn how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options.
You can and should acknowledge it, face it and, eventually, move past it. You choose what you worship This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. The only choice we get is what to worship. The essay also helps the reader to look at situations through a positive point of view instead dwelling on negatives in every situation.
But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. Or maybe this very lady is the low-wage clerk at the motor vehicle department, who just yesterday helped your spouse resolve a horrific, infuriating, red-tape problem through some small act of bureaucratic kindness.
What if that guy who cuts you off on the highway really is just being a jerk? There is no such thing as not worshipping.
The choice that Wallace gives us often over looked because often people automatically decide to make choices on the spot rather than looking for a deeper meaning. The way he persuades the reader is especially used through the use of pathos in personal situations.
In the essay, Wallace also uses logos to help build upon his argument. He simply does not want the reader to think that we are listening to someone who holds a higher authority than the average person. You get to decide what to worship.Textual Analysis Textual Analysis: David Foster Wallace In David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech to the graduating class of at Kenyon College, he began with an illustration of three fish; two younger fish, and one older.
Textual Analysis "This is Water" In David Foster Wallace’s graduation speech, “This is Water”, presented to Kenyan College’s graduating class ofWallace persuades the class to view the world as whole instead of individually -. Analysis of "This is Water" by David Foster Wallace Given at Kenyon College on May 21st, Roughly unknown by his young audience Speech published post-humously.
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Textual Analysis of “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace In David Foster Wallace’s graduation speech, “This is Water”, presented to Kenyan College’s graduating class ofWallace persuades the class to view the world as whole instead of individually.
How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” So starts what some view as the greatest commencement speech ever given.Download