Analysis of a Graduation Essay

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Alyshia Hull
Leggett
AP Lang 3
25 Sept 2012
The text of David McCullough Jr’s High School Graduation Speech
The text of David McCullough Jr’s high school graduation speech was very agreeable. Most individuals address graduating as a finish line, once it’s reached everything is just done, but David views graduating as a beginning to life. He compares a diploma to a spouse by reciting some of the traditional marriage vows with his own input. If someone can not commit thirteen years of their life for school, how can they expect to commit their whole life to another human being? Throughout David’s speech, he insinuates to his fellow graduates that they are not special (paragraph 5). A lot of girls and even some guys need to learn this. Some girls act as if the earth revolves around them and that everyone is suppose to serve them hand and foot. This happens because some parents believe that love is buying their kids gifts all the time, but the kids need for their parents to take time with them and show them love. Most individuals get carried through teenage years with a silver spoon in their mouths. When they go out into the real world, without the protection of their parents, life will bite them in the butt. Lindsey Lohan’s parents probably told her that she was special and gave her everything she wanted, but look at her now, a deteriorating disappointment. She was America’s sweetheart, model, award winner, and actress, but now she’s America’s Next Top Jail berg. Tyra Banks has fell victim to the stuck-up bug as well because she thinks the world revolves around her. She’s not encouraging and training her contestants to be better models, but to become little clones of herself. There are other egotistical actresses that have the world on a string, but want the universe on a chain.

In paragraph eleven, David declares that “good is no longer good enough, a B is the new C, and the midlevel curriculum is called Advanced College Placement.” I can...
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