The Last Lecture

Topics: Carnegie Mellon University, Randy Pausch, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams / Pages: 6 (1312 words) / Published: Oct 11th, 2012
The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch

Table of Contents

Significance of the Title 5

Setting 6

Main Conflict 7

Main Characters 8

The Major Change 9

Truths About Human Nature 10

Quotes from the Book 11

Significance of the Title

The title of the book comes from the concept of a retiring professor’s last lecture, that gives insights into the professor’s life and what really matters to him. This book is based on the inspirational speech Randy Pausch gave on September 18,2007 at Carnegie Mellon University. Randy Pausch was forced to give this untimely and very literal last lecture after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Randy was told he only had months to live at the time that the lecture was given. The purpose of the “Last Lecture” was so that Randy could summarize and pass on his wisdom of how to achieve your dreams for his students. The speech also gave him a chance to dedicate his last lecture and a sense of his life to his three children.

Setting

The setting of this story takes place at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where Randy used to teach a computer science class. There Randy gave his speech titled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in a series of speeches from a variety of other professors titled “The Last Lecture”. Randy gave his speech on September 18,2007 just months after finding out he had just months to live. Another significant setting in this book takes place at Randy’s new house in southern Virginia where he and his wife decided to move their three children so that once Randy passed his wife, Jai, could be closer to her family for support.

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