The Last Lecture Chapters 56-58 Summary & Analysis

Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

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The Last Lecture Chapters 56-58 Summary & Analysis

Chapters 56 – 58

In this last section, Randy focuses his attention on the effectiveness of positivity. However, because of his approaching death, he knows that there needs to be a “healthy balance between optimism and realism” (183). He can’t deny that he is dying, but he argues that his focus should be on living the best he can while he’s here. To highlight the need for positivity, he uses the example of A.A. Milne’s characters Tigger and Eeyore, suggesting that a person must choose which one s/he will be in their life.

To further establish the benefits of positive thinking, Randy examines the overwhelming amount of support, advice and well-wishes he has received from strangers, and how he has “been buoyed by their good wishes” (184). He believes that the kindness he has received is a result of his openness to other people’s help for himself and his family during…

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