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The Last Lecture Essay

  • Submitted by: Mini22
  • on February 23, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 733 words

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The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch & Jeffery Zaslow

It is tradition that universities often have professors give a “Last Lecture,” a speech where they have to consider their death and then talk about what matters most to them. When Randy Pausch was asked to give his speech, he had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 47, which is a malignant tumor of the pancreas. He was a hard working man, husband, and father. He had three children and all were to young to understand what was about to happen to their father. He wanted to leave something behind so his kids would know his legacy. His wife Jai was not exactly supportive of him wanting to the lecture at first but when she finds the real reason of him doing it she understood. The story of Randy and Jai’s love is really quite romantic and tey seem perfect for each other. He decided to name his lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” He delivered his speech on September 18, 2007on the campus of CMU with an audience of over 400. The difference in Randy’s “final talk” and the other professor’s who had preceded him was that his speech wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming and finding a way around the “brick walls,” of making possible the dreams of others, of taking advantage of every minute of every day. It was about living life to the fullest and giving it all you could give with no regrets.   In the third, fourth and fifth chapters of the book, he talks about adventures and lessons learned, enabling the dreams of others and about how to live your life. Randy sums these chapters up by saying, “This section may be called “It’s About How to Live Your Life,” but it’s really about how I’ve tried to live mine. I guess it’s my way of saying: Here’s what worked for me.”   In the final chapter, “Final Remarks,” Randy talks about the dreams he has for his children. He is very exact in what he wants and says, “I want them to find their own path to fulfillment. And...

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