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Steve Jobs Stanford Speech

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Simon Helyar

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Steve Jobs Stanford Speech

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Purpose: The purpose of the speech is to convince the audience to have courage in life, to not give up in their goals and do what they love. "You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever". "The only way to do great work is to love what you do". Occasion: The occasion of this speech is deliberative. He is telling the audience how to move on from the past because everything happens for a reason. Much like the purpose he is also explain how to live life to the fullest. When he was fired from his own company Apple he said that at the time it felt devastating but he learned to move on and continue what he loved. "It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life". "What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating". Kind: This speech is a proposal. During the speech he talks about his struggle with cancer and sharing the thought with others that he could possibly die. "This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades". "It means to try and tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months". Audience: The Audience of this speech are in the category of fans or college students . He talks to the audience about his college experience, which they can really relate to since they were going through the same thing. He also speaks about the origins of Apple which is what his fans would want. "I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple". "I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK". Tone: The tone of his speech is uplifting because he tells you about his low points like dropping out of college and being diagnosed with cancer. But by the end of each of the story's there's a highpoint, where there is always resolution. Like creating Apple and being cured of cancer. He also points out how each one of the experiences helped him in the future. I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance "I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple". "Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept". By: Simon & Ready Steve Jobs Commencement address at Stanford University Rhetorical Devices Rhetorical Question "So why did I drop out?" He uses this rhetorical question to
lead himself into the story and to
catch the readers action, like a cliff-
hanger. Parallelism "It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture" This use of Parallelism really emphasizes the beautifulness of the typography, and plants a clear image of it in the audiences mind. Metaphor "So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future" This metaphor is comparing experiences to dots and how dots connect themselves just like how the future will come together or connect. Repetition "Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

He repeats the words "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" several times. He repeats those words because that is the main idea of his speech and he really wants to drive home the point to "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" which means to always be hungry for success but to not be care free and make poor decisions Symbolism "During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar" He refers back to past companies he made
as in NeXT and Pixar. It gives the audience an insight on what he was doing after being fired from Apple. Antithesis "Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards" The two opposites used in this antithesis is forward and backwards. It says how you cant plan out your life or know how a experience will effect you, you can only look in the past and realize what experience brought you to this point. . The End
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