This is water from patrick buckley on vimeo david foster wallace: rhetoric in “this is water” flickr: by k1ng david foster wallace delivered his commencement speech for the liberal arts graduating class from kenyon college in 2005. A recording of david foster wallace’s speech at kenyon in 2005, kenyon college, in ohio, invited david foster wallace to speak to its graduating students he was a surprise choice few had. Only once did david foster wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at kenyon college the speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in this is water. Group rhetorical analysis project leah, marty, evan, megan summation of essay piece by david foster wallace 1st claim of the story evidence for claim. David foster wallace wanted to know who had thought bringing him to kenyon college to deliver its commencement address was a good idea meredith farmer, an english and philosophy double major in.
Top 10 commencement speeches forget the kerfuffles over president obama's talks at arizona state and notre dame commencement speeches are one of the great collegiate traditions — and the last lesson students get before entering the real world. David foster wallace in his commencement speech to the kenyon college graduating class of 2005, david foster wallace asks the graduates to pay attention to the world around them. One of the best commencement speeches ever, hands down wonderful, david foster wallace graduation speech at kenyon college 2005.
Let’s take a moment to remember that david foster wallace once wrote an aquatic-themed graduation speech, the same one that your cousin probably forwarded you in your first year out of college. David foster wallace‘s 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at kenyon college, is a timeless trove of wisdom — right up there with hunter thompson on finding your purpose and living a meaningful life. This is water: some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life is an essay by david foster wallace, first published in book form by little, brown and company in 2009.
Below is a summary of and commentary on david foster wallace‘s (1962 – 2008) famous commencement speech: “this is water: some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life ” its themes include solipsism, loneliness, monotony, education, and the importance of sympathy and conscious awareness. On september 12, 2008, david foster wallace took his own life, becoming a kind of patron-saint of the “tortured genius” myth of creativity just three years prior to his suicide, he stepped onto the podium at kenyon college and delivered one of the most timeless graduation speeches of all time. In other words, he substitutes words in which david foster wallace did not truly state in the actual speech which changes the original commencement speech into a partially an interpreted commencement speech but most of it - i hope - stays true to the commencement speech, verbatim. When i saw the video for “this is water” by david foster wallace, it opened my eyes i saw how the speech related directly to me, and how this was my same mindset it was a unique message wallace sent to the graduating class of 2005 at kenyon college it was not a typical commencement speech. David foster wallace is one of my personal heroes maybe you’ve never heard of him wallace (or dfw) was a novelist, essayist, short story writer, and arguably one of the most notable geniuses of the past few decades time magazine cited his novel, “infinite jest”, as one of the top 100.
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In his commencement speech to the kenyon college class of 2005, david foster wallace defines the true purpose of a liberal arts education he argues that the overall purpose of higher education is having the ability to mindfully choose how to perceive others and to appropriately think about meaning. This is water there are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, morning, boys, how's the water and the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, what the hell is water. This speech, written by david foster wallace, was delivered to the graduating class of 2005 at kenyon collegewallace discusses the real importance to having a degree that it is more than “just a material payoff” he also tells the students that a liberal arts education is all about “teaching you how to think. David foster wallace was an author david foster wallace gave the commencement speech at kenyon college in 2005 there are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish.