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The last lecture - Final

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Silje Hegre

on 30 May 2013

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by Silje Hegre The Last Lecture Symbol Definition Verisimilitude Definition of Flashbacks An allegory is a symbolism device where the meaning of a greater, often abstract, concept is conveyed with the aid of a more corporeal object or idea being used as an example. Usually a rhetoric device, an allegory suggests a meaning via metaphoric examples. Use of Symbols I chose to focus on the chapter where he talks about the time he got permission to paint the walls of his childhood bedroom.

I believe that the rocket and stars he drew on his ceiling in is bedroom symbolizes his dreams. For as high as a rocket could fly is as high as his dreams where. Dreams and goals were pretty much the main focus in most of his lecture.

Randy also drew a elevator with the numbers one through six, where the number three was illuminated. He asked himself in the book why he didn't write the numbers all the way up to eighty or ninety, since he was such a big dreamer. But he came with the conclusion that it was a symbol of the balance in his life between aspiration and pragmatism.

The stuffed animals can also symbolize his dedication and passion. Because he was so determent to win a stuffed animal for his wife he did not give up, just how he never gave up on his dream. Use of Verisimilitude Flashback is a literary device wherein the writer/ author depicts the occurrence of specific events to the reader, which have taken place before the present time the narration is following, or events that have happened before the events that are currently being unfolded in the story. Flashback devices that are commonly used are past narratives by characters, depictions and references of dreams and memories and a sub-device known as authorial sovereignty wherein the author directly chooses to refer to a past occurrence by bringing it up in a straightforward manner. Flashback is used to create a background to the present situation, place or person. Definition: Verisimilitude is an interesting literary device wherein the quality of seeming truthfulness or verity is ascribed to a person, notion, concept, statement or event. The quality of the stated seeming to be true and correct and accurate is referred to as verisimilitude. Use of Flashbacks Randy uses a lot of flashbacks in the Last Lecture. He keeps going back to his childhood. The best example of this is when he talks about when he went to Disney World as a kid. While a co-worker of his was talking about how he had always wanted to help make one of the Star Wars movies. Although everyone said there would be no more Star Wars movies, he still stuck with his dream.
Randy always wanted to work for Walt Disney Imagineering. Which everyone nows is a hard job to get. But his dream became reality after many years of hoping and not giving up.

Chapter 6, "Getting to Zero G" is also a good example of his use of flashbacks. He talks about how when he was in grade school everyone wanted to be an austronaut. But not him, no he had more specific dreams. He wanted to be in zero gravity.

Another flashback is when he talks about the time his parents let him paint his room half way through high school. Randys cancer is an example of verisimilitude, because it is pancreatic. No one can cure him, not even his doctor. All he can do is take the time he has left and make the best of it.

Chapter 59 and 60 focuses on his kids and wife, and how he wants them to experience big things with him and take a lot of pictures so that they will always remember it, even though they are young.
"I know their memories of me will be fuzzy. That's why I'm trying to do things with them that they will find unforgettable."(page 192, line 5) Randy lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008.
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