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How Starbucks Saved My Life
Jesse Knighton 8 November 2012
Transcript of How Starbucks Saved My Life
Jesse Knight &
Emily Gauthier Michael Gates Gill As his life was spiraling out of control, one of his daughters told him to keep a journal and he decided to turn it into a book after a year of writing in it. Photos Rhetorical Devices Was raised in a 25 room mansion in Bronxville Imagery: (page204) After a successful coffee tasting he walks out onto the street. "As I walked toward the subway, the lights seemed brighter in the city. Maybe it was a trick of the dropping temperature. They seemed to twinkle magically in the arctic air." Imagery and symbolism: (page44) Walking into his first day of work he states "Emerging from the subway, I struggled against the wind and then actually staggered as I approached the Starbucks store at the corner of Broadway. Icy rain made the pavement slippery. I paused. Now that I was there, I was in no hurry to open that door." Author's Purpose His father was the renowned 'New Yorker' writer, Brendan Gill. His dad was able to introduce him to the greatest of writers: E.B. White to Ernest Hemingway. He went to college at Yale University and majored in advertisement design. With just a few credits short of graduation, he dropped out, yet his friend got him into the most elite advertisement agency, J. Walter Thompson (JWT) To share his experience about being at the very top of the elite to go to middle class and that he judged people before he ever gave them the chance and now he is being judged in a lower level of work and is struggling. Repetition: (Page158) In reply to a question of how his new job is working out. "Great, Great people, great coffee... and great benefits" Metonymy: (page127) "Again, I was struck by the incongruity of my life - ten years earlier, as a busy executive, at five in the morning I might have been riding the red-eye back from a trip to LA." Diagnosed with acoustic neuroma and lives with a benign brain tumor. Ethos: Graduated from Yale and worked at the highest advertisement for about 25 years. Pathos: We sympathize for him for his brain tumor and the other struggles of learning a totally different job at Starbucks and trying to raise his kids. Quotes "It was hard to admit,, but in many ways I really enjoyed working at Starbucks more that i had at my high status job at J. Walter Thompson." She eyed me skeptically. "Would you be willing to work for me?" I did not miss the challenge in her question: Would I, an old white man, be willing to work for a young black woman? "As I sampled the rich Sumatra brew, I was beginning to feel that I could handle this part of the Starbucks business. I loved coffee; I loved learning about the history of things. I glanced over at the partners behind the counter, all working so hard yet seeming to have a great time. While they were all so young, and while there was not a white face in the bunch, maybe, I told myself, I should be like the coffee I was drinking, part of the 'bold' category." He didn't learn how to read until the age of 10. Michael Gates Gill's life was put into a whole new
perspective when he lost his multi-millionaire job. When he put himself in the shoes of an average person, he learned that the privileged lifestyle he had been living wasn't all it was cracked up to be.