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You Are Not Special

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Abby Rinere

on 23 November 2015

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Transcript of You Are Not Special

You Are Not Special
Tone
"But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."
""Walt Whitman tells me I'm my own version of perfection! Epictetus tells me I have the spark of Zeus!" And I don't disagree. So that makes 6.8 billion examples of perfection, 6.8 billion sparks of Zeus. You see, if everyone is special, then no one is."
Rhetorical Triangle
ethos/logos- "By definition there can be only one best. You're it or you're not."
pathos- offends the reader directly but in a comical way that makes it positive
ethos- Lists multiple philosophers/scientists/intellectuals- Isaac Newton, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Darwin, Walt Whitman, Mr. Thoreau, and Mary Oliver
Imagery
"...your planet, I'll remind you, is not the center of its solar system, your solar system is not the center of its galaxy , your galaxy is not the center of the universe."
"Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embreace the challenge , enjoy the air, and behold the view."
SOAPSTone
speaker: David McCullough
occasion: commencement speech
audience: graduating class of 2012
purpose: live your life for yourself, not others
subject: you are not special
tone: sarcastic, literal, comical
Repetition
"you are not special"
Epistrophe- "...each of you is dressed, you'll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma... but for your name, exactly the same."
Alliteration- "Newton, Natick, Nee... I am allowed to say Needham, yes?"
Diction
"...the universe has no center; therefore you cannot be it. Neither can Donald Trump...which someone should tell him... although his hair is quite the phenomenon."
"Watching parrots rollarskate on youtube"
"You and your diploma as one, 'til death do you part"
Allusion
"Walt Whitman tells me I'm my own version of perfection!"
"Epictetus tells me I have the spark of Zeus!"
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