Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford commencement address | Opgave

A conception that through generations and generations never has changed is the difficulty of making choices.

The constant doubt of having chosen wrongly and the constant thought of there being another option will always follow. Even one of the world's geniuses and biggest innovators had trouble making choices.

In a remarkable commencement address at Stanford in 2005 Steve Jobs talks about his path to achieving his dreams and the choices he made along the way. In the speech he touches upon the themes of love, loss and discovery.

Moving on to lines 92-101. This paragraph is a great example of Jobs utilizing his personal experiences to help motivate the college graduates at Stanford.

His style of language is neutral and personal. Jobs consistently uses the personal pronoun ‘you’ which stimulates a perception of him speaking directly to the listener almost as though he is giving you a personal pep talk.

On top of that to encourage the audience Jobs creates imperative sentences through his choice of verbs, for example, “Don’t lose faith” (p.3, l.95).

The imperative sentences are used as a method of persuasion and to make a statement, as they don’t leave room for discussion. Moreover, the language in this paragraph is heavily filled with literary devices.

For instance, the simile, “like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on” (p.3, l.100) compares work to a relationship. The purpose of this is to emotionally engage the audience.

Most college graduate students have all experienced a long relationship either with a friend, lover, etc. and therefore this simile is an illustration to help the graduates understand how Jobs perceives his work.

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