This study guide will help you analyze the speech “Commencement Address” by George Saunders. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on main topics, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “Commencement Address”
Speaker: George Saunders
Where: Syracuse University in New York State
When: 11th of May, 2013 at The College of Arts and Sciences’ graduation ceremony
George Saunders (b. 1958) is an American author and a professor at Syracuse University. He has received several awards for his fiction over the years and, in 2017, he received the Man Booker Prize for his novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”. In his “Commencement Address” speech, he talked about the importance of kindness.
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