B – Back to school by Barack Obama
The text “back to school” is a speech held by the president of the United States, Barack Obama, in September 2009 at a school in Arlington, Virginia. The speech is about education and how important it is to this generation to have an education, if they want to succeed in the future. If everyone has some goals in life and a good education, it’s both good for the individuals, but also for the generation and the whole country. The intended audience of the speech is, of cause, the youngsters in the USA, because it’s them, who form the main part of the generation, who’s responsible for the future of the USA. Barack Obama, who is the speaker of the text, is talking on the behalf of the country in the speech. His purpose with the speech is to encourage the young people to take an education and to be responsible for themselves and the country. His intention is also to persuade the young ones to give priority to education, by being a role model to them. He identifies with the young ones by telling about how it was through his own education and about all the good and bad things about it. The youngsters need to encourage themselves, because their parents and teachers are only a part of it, and the students need to do the main part themselves. Obama addresses the audience, the youngsters, by using a lot of examples from his own life, or from other people, who has achieved their goals and a good education, in spite of challenges in their life and no support from their surroundings: “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.”1 Obama didn’t have a good and comfortable childhood. And it wasn’t easy for him to get an education and become the president of the USA. Fortunately, he got a lot of chances, which helped him achieve his goals. He wrote his own destiny, which he wants the youngsters to do, even...
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