In this part of the study guide, we will summarize the main points of our analysis of George Saunders' commencement address.
The main topic of George Saunders’ speech is the importance of kindness. He delivered the speech in the circumstances of the graduation ceremony of The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.
George Saunders, the speaker, is also a professor who teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. The audience of the speech is represented by the people present at The College of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate ceremony at Syracuse University in New York State.
The language used by Saunders in his speech combines humor and irony with serious points and deep thoughts. Saunders’ intention with the speech is to show the audience the importance of being a kinder person, as well as to teach them ways in which they can work towards it. He also intends to show the students that being successful is not necessarily important and that people should focus on improving themselves.
You can find the full analysis of the speech on the following pages of the study guide.