Lauren Hutchinson LIT 220 Section 1 9/28/2014 “Self-Reliance” by Emerson An analysis of “Self-Reliance” by Emerson reveals how he uses rhetoric persuasion such as pathos and ethos, as well as metaphors, poetic diction, enthusiastic diction, parallel structure and other literary devices to make it easier for the audience to understand the struggles of individuality but also to understand the importance of being independent from the surrounding society. When Emerson gives his speech on Self Reliance, he states “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” The meaning behind this aphorism and pathos is that Emerson believes that all people must escape from the society and ideas that surround them to have a peaceful and successful
When people read a work of literature many expect it to be a literary masterpiece. What makes a work of literature great is not through the approval of society, but by the author pushing his point out to the audience without regarding the disapproval from society he might receive. Although it is a controversial topic of whether Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn needs republishing due to the use of the word “nigger”, the novel teaches many lessons and reveals many truths that the world should know. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not have been republished because, simply put, it is not a racist novel.
It keeps the watcher outside the world which helps us learn the life lessons instead of empathizing with the characters in which was present in Macbeth. The reader could feel the guilt and anger that was going through Macbeth’s head as well as in Lady Macbeth’s. Both the play and the movie might have great similarities, but each has its own unique way to deliver the message to the reader/viewer. The philosophy in Throne of blood takes us well over Shakespeare, but they both serve the purpose of the story perfectly. Both Macbeth and Throne of Blood are unique in their own way, whether it’s the way the characters react, or to the themes.
Instead of putting forth what it took to become the “bright” student, they chose to be sorry for themselves and make it easier. While Beatty spends his life eliminating books and “differences,” Blow is promoting books and explaining the wonderful effects they can have on one’s life. He says, “That was the beginning of a lifelong journey in which books would shape and change me, making me who I was.” So, Beatty’s and Blow’s views on reading and writing had a small similarity. Blow explains that books shaped him into the person that he was.
Thus, Mark Twain shows that the readers should not prejudge the characters based on their appearance and descriptions because doing so essentially makes the readers “pudd’nheads”. Firstly, Mark Twain juxtaposes Pudd’nhead Wilson with Judge Driscoll by making connections between their occupations and hobbies to show readers that they lead parallel
He writes with a formal tone in order to seem more analytical to the reader, and begins his essay with a thesis that states what it means “to be conservative”. Burke’s writing is slightly less formal, and is written in the form of a letter to the reader, making him seem more relatable. The informal tone of his essay helps create the perception that he is like the “common man”, therefore his political beliefs would be better suited for the public. Though they are from two very different time periods, both authors have very similar political beliefs and effectively express the fundamentals of conservative thinking.
In fact, I believe culture changes the way others and the world views you because there will forever be stereotypes that make people form certain conclusions about you, which is illustrated in some stories I have read in class. I believe stereotypes will shape the way others think of you. An example of this is presented in a personal essay called “Two ways to belong in America”. On paragraph 6 it says “I was opting for fluidity,
Although the idea of non-conformity may seem skeptical by many because if everyone is doing something, it must be good, but this is exactly what he’s trying to warn against. He asserts that using society’s verdict to judge something isn’t good enough, one must investigate and learn the truth for himself. Although McCandless grew up amongst people who followed the likes and dislikes of society, he decides to think differently and accept some of the ideas shared by Emerson. Throughout the entire novel, McCandless is show following his own set of beliefs rather than what his parents believe or society wants him to believe. While Ron explains the narrator about his time with McCandless, and mentions the letter he received…“The very
But, you are putting your guard down and making yourself vulnerable by doing this. According to Daniel Kahneman, www.psychologytoday.com, “decisions to take risks may in fact benefit you, but just take your time, whenever possible, to gain the most fulfillment from those decisions.” Daniel is showing the readers of his post that following your heart can lead to heartbreak, as well as help put you in “topsy turvy” times. To conclude, Shakespeare wrote the Twelfth Night not only as a rom-com but also to show the reader how powerful logic and reason is. The character development Shakespeare used helped him to push his point across, he did this by giving subtle but relevant lines from each character.
I believe equality is worth fighting for. It can be shown in many ways, but it is not. Society has made people believe that it is okay to treat people different because the way they look or by what color they are or their sexual preference. Being treated with respect is what people want and expect, but they do not always show it themselves. Equality should be shown through all people because it such an expected manner but never taken upon to be changed.
Ungar in his work The New Liberal Arts highlights seven misconceptions of Liberal Arts degrees from the point of view as a Liberal Arts College President. The misconceptions he discusses range from an economic, social and political standpoint. Misconception number one states the argument that Liberal Arts degrees have become too expensive for most working class families, however Ungar argues these degrees make for a well-rounded individual, thus creating a long term investment in oneself that focuses on collaboration and oral and written communication. Next, Misconception two states fresh graduates sport a difficulty finding jobs, but this is not due specifically to their field of study. In fact, Ungar states that most employers look for a Liberal Arts degree in recent graduates for critical thinking and problem solving skills to be used in the workforce.
David Foster Wallace: Kenyon Commencement Speech Attending college is commonly seen as a time of life for learning how to think; David Foster Wallace disagrees in his Kenyon commencement speech. Although Wallace acknowledges that a typical commencement speech consists of uplifting messages about the human value of a liberal arts education, he instead expresses what a liberal arts education means to him. Rather than a liberal arts education teaching students how to think for themselves—which is now common belief—Wallace instead expresses that a liberal arts education teaches students to exercise control over how and what to think. To clarify, he explains, “it means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and