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Copy of JK Rowling Speech Analysis

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Rebekah Eckert

on 5 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of JK Rowling Speech Analysis

The Fringe Benefits
of Failure, and This speech was given by JK Rowling at the annual meeting
of the Harvard Almuni Association the Importance
of Imagination on June 5, 2008 Conclusion RHETORICAL DEVICES ojkh The message which JK Rowling wished to impress upon her audience was a two part one, consisting of both an unorthodox outlook on failure, and a multifaceted interpretation of imagination. Rowling spoke of the way in which failure strips away all but that which you have the determination – the perseverance to pursue. In failure, you realize and experience your greatest fears, and realize that which you value most.

"And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life’, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination." "As is a tale, so is life: not how
long it is, but how good it is,
is what matters." "Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint
at the red banners and convince myself that I
am at the world’s largest Gryffindor
reunion." This is an Allusion. It is a reference to JK Rowling's
famous Harry Potter books. This is
effective because many people have
read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies and will
therefore be able to relate more with Rowling. In just a few words it creates a vivid image in our mind. It is comparing graduating to stepping
through a doorway into "real life." This is a metaphor. This is a reversal. It uses words in reverse order,
This is effective because it shows that the
students are about to leave Harvard and
step out into the real world. This
metaphor also makes it more
interesting by making us use
our imagination. stands out. By making us focus on the
sentence structure, we are forced to really
try to understand the message.
which makes it a sentence that
(at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts) Persuasion
Techniques Ethos: Logos: A 'great speech' is one that should inspire and motivate its audience. JK Rowling uses her rhetorical devices and ideas to achieve this standard and craft a truely great speech. Pathos: The second idea that Rowling looked to communicate was that of imagination. Not just in the traditional aspect of creativity and innovation, but in the human capacity to understand another’s plight, that we may form a more compassionate society. She expands upon this, going so far as to suggest that through apathy, through ignorance, we enable those who we call monsters. By ignoring what is happening to the world and people around us, that we create these issues that we see today. She encouraged the Harvard graduates to not lead a life of closed mindedness - that it is with a drive to help others in an alien situation, and the intelligence and hard work of an individual who is doing what they love, that great change is made in the world.
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