Rhetorical Analysis Of Steve Jobs Speech

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Throughout time, many inspirational speeches have been remembered, because of how they connect with the audience. Steve Job’s speech during the Stanford’s graduation was inspiring to many of the college graduates. Many people think in order to be successful a college degree is mandatory. Even if they do not like what they are doing. People should love what they do, and should not follow dogma. With his speech, Steve Job’s convinced the multicultural population at Stanford University to be prominent and to pursue their passion by relying on three personal stories in a balanced structure that enables pathos to be clearly developed. Steve Job’s presents his personal stories and a little bit of history as evidence. Even though, this was all…show more content…
His inclusion of such an emotional background as a child born to a women out- of-wedlock, shows that even underprivileged students can achieve success.
Jobs tells his audience in his speech how he got into the lows of life and how life was not all peaches and creme for him when he dropped out. His personal experiences helped him create and develop his individuality. He uses pathos to get his audience to understand that he barely had food or money, had no place to sleep and how he got only one good meal a week. It might have seemed strange to his audience, that he was sharing this stage of life with them. That is how he pulled his audience that even the most successful peoples could come from slums and become something just by living out their dream.
Steve Jobs then develops an ethos with his audience explaining that he faced adversity in the form of sickness as well as other things. He comes out as a strong man who has overcome his challenges in life. “ your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs uses his death experience to tell his audience that life is too short. He uses pathos also as he is telling his audience to follow their hearts. He is stating the consequences of these graduate students that not living the best of their abilities after graduation, are much greater, than if they did it when following their real passion. Being
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