Lou Gehrig Speech Analysis

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English Composition 1301 26 May 2012 Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech Analysis Imagine a young boy and his father going to the New York Yankees ballpark on a warm sunny day. The date is July 4, 1939 and it is Lou Gehrig appreciation day at the ballpark. Lou Gehrig had been playing major league baseball for seventeen years and is one of the most well thought of players in the game. When the boy and his father arrive at the ballpark, Lou walks to a podium and begins to talk. Without any prior warning, this icon begins to talk about a deadly disease that he has been contracted with and that he must immediately retire from the game of baseball forever. The stadium sits silently and Lou continues to describe how he considers himself the luckiest…show more content…
One would expect that a man with such a limited time left on this earth would be somber and sad. Lou, however spends the entire speech articulating the blessings that he has had throughout his life. In the second paragraph, Gehrig uses repetition and the phrase “sure, I’m lucky” to express how blessed he feels that he has had the opportunity to associate himself with certain men throughout his career. Lou mentions several baseball icons such as Jacob Ruppert, Ed Barrow, and Joe McCarthy. He explains that it would be the highlight of any career just to spend a day with these men, yet he has been lucky enough to play with them throughout his career. In the third paragraph, Gehrig goes on to use repetition again to show how blessed he believes that his life is. He uses the phrase “that’s something” to show that he considers himself lucky that he has a caring, loving family, that even rival teams respect him enough to send him a gift, and that he has been given the talent to win trophies and earn respect. He then ends the paragraph and the repetition by stating that having a wife that loves and supports her husband is “the finest I know”. The conclusion to this astonishing speech is only one sentence. In one of the greatest sentences in sports history, Lou remarks, "So I close in saying that I may have had a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for." (Gehrig) This statement wiped

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