Back to school by Barack Obama
“No matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you will need an education to do it” (p.8 l.46) In “Back to school”, Barack Obama urges students to make their education a priority, and encourages them to try hard, and study hard, because only the individual holds the key to the door, that will lead them to their dream future. By using himself as an example and making several other examples, he tries to convince everyone who is studying to take responsibility for their education, the future of their country, and their lives. This text is a speech, by Barack Obama, The President of the United States of America. The subject that he addresses is the responsibility everybody has, for their own education, and making sure that everybody knows how important it is, to take education seriously. The speech takes place at Wakefield High School in Virginia, and is meant for everyone who’s going to school, and studying. He starts out by politely greeting everyone watching from the school, TV, and thanking everyone who has been helpful. He speaks to the audience, as were they all his equals, and he nothing but a mere man, and not the president of the United States of America, using humor to put himself on the same level as the audience, and to make them feel comfortable; “… some of you are probably wishing it were still summer and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little bit longer this morning” (p.7- l.8-9) Thereafter he tells about, how he himself lived in a family, consisting of him and his mother, where they didn’t have much money, so he couldn’t go to an ordinary American school, so he had to work extra hard to learn just as much as the ones who went to better schools, being homeschooled by his mother at 4.30. In the morning. What he uses here is pathos, reaching out to the audience, and appealing to their feelings, making them think that when the...
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