The Last Lecture Major Character Analysis

Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture

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The Last Lecture Major Character Analysis

Randy Pausch

Author, narrator and central figure of the book, The Last Lecture is, literally, the last lecture he gave as a computer science professor. However, the presentation isn’t just comprised of advice for the students Randy is leaving behind, but is also a love letter to his family, a legacy for his children, and an inspirational, practical guide for living a good life for all. The focus of his lecture was telling little stories from his life that showed how he was able to accomplish his childhood dreams, in the hope of inspiring others to work more assertively to achieve theirs. This premise extends to encouraging others to help them achieve their dreams. Randy Pausch passed away from pancreatic cancer in July of 2008. He was forty-seven years old.

Jai Pausch

Randy’s wife Jai was reluctant for Randy to give this last lecture. Once Randy received his terminal status, there was only a certain amount of time that he could spend with her and their children. The date he was to give his last lecture was also her birthday, the last one they would be spending together. However, she was eventually supportive of his decision to give the lecture because he needed to do it. Randy first introduces Jai as “always marriage for very long” (202).

Fred and Virginia Pausch

Randy has the utmost respect for his parents, believing he hit the “parent lottery”. He attributes his ability to accomplish a lot of his childhood dreams to his parents’ encouragement for him to reach for what he wanted….

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