The Last Lecture

By Randy Pausch


The author's purpose is clear. Randy Pausch is trying to make a positive influence on the reader by incorporating stories and lessons from his life. He is teaching the audience how to live the best life and be successful.

Randy Pausch

A successful professor, a father, a husband, a role model

Textual Evidence From The Last Lecture

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

Randy had to go through many hard times in his life. He didn't quit but he kept pursuing his goals.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

Instead of morning and giving up, he kept living life to the fullest even after his diagnosis.

“Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

Even when he failed, he still saw the positive side in everything.

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”

Randy understood that people are more likely to say "yes" then we think. One only has to ask.


The Last Lecture is an autobiography written and narrated by the late Randy Pausch. The author was an accomplished professor who was always seeking to further his knowledge of the world. He strived for success in every aspect of his life, and he understood what it would take to grasp that merit. Hard work summarized all of his philosophies. Throughout his life he faced struggle after struggle and fight after fight. His determination and unbeatable work ethic made it possible for him to go on. Every challenge (or brick wall, as he would call it) was faced and overcome; until the day that he was informed of the deadly pancreatic cancer that was slowly incinerating his life, right before his eyes. The heart-breaking news would have been the end of the story for any other character, but not Randy. He knew that with only months to live he could not waist anytime. The author had to create a future for his wife and most of all his three young children. His family would go on with out him. They would live the rest of their lives without a husband and without the love of a father. Randy put together a “last lecture” to tell the world goodbye and to teach them what they should know about life. The Last Lecture is a success story of how a man with a terminal illness overcame adversity to leave a legacy.