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Literary Devices in The Last Lecture

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Kaitie Thomas

on 30 May 2013

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Transcript of Literary Devices in The Last Lecture

Literary Devices used in
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Prezi by Kaitie Thomas Flashback Motif Allegory Pausch uses allagory much throughout the
Last Lecture. He uses it to better convey his ideas about life and living it to the fullest. Brick walls were referred to many times throughout the novel and relate to trying harder to achieve your dreams. Pausch used things he learned in the past
during his life to convey an idea that he learned from the experience. Him relating his ideas to the past experiences of his life
is him using Flashback. The brick walls were constantly referred to in the Last Lecture. The idea of brick walls being there to see how badly one wants something is a constant theme in the novel and is motif that the author used. ■"Brick walls are there for a reason.
The brick walls are not there to keep
us out. The brick walls are there to show
how badly we want something. Because
the brick walls are there to stop the
people who don’t want something badly
enough. They are there to keep out
the other people."
This quote is referred to many times throughout the book. Brick walls is a constant theme through out the book because through out the course of the authors life he faced many obstacles and relates that to testing how badly one wants something. "When there’s an elephant
in the room introduce him."
This quote means that one
should face things in their
life that they may not want
to, the author relates this
to him being diagnosed with
cancer and facing it. “We cannot change the cards
we are dealt, just how we
play the hand.”
This quote is using cards
and playing what you are
dealt as a allegory of
making the best out of
what you have in life. Examples from the text Examples from the text “I know you're smart. But everyone here
is smart. Smart isn't enough. The kind of
people I want on my research team are
those who will help everyone feel happy to
be here. ”
This quote was said to Pausch earlier in life, when he was applying to a research team, and is a flashback that he relates to his ideals of what life should be. Examples from the text “Coach Graham rode you
pretty hard, didn't he?" he said.
I could barely muster a "yeah."
That's a good thing," the assistant told me. When you're screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, it means they've given up on you.”
This quote is from when Pausch was young and playing football he relates it to later life when people pushed him harder, it showed that they cared about him "It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you."
This quote was at the end of the novel, and was a constant these because, the Last Lecture was not about achieving one's childhood dreams it was about how to live a full and happy life.
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