Monthly Archives: October 2010

Frederick Douglass

 I decided that I would like to just express my appreciation for Douglass’ essay, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” I found, that if I was honest with myself, I knew that I (at first) agreed with … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau

In “Resistance to Civil Government” Thoreau showed himself to be a clever, philosophical and argumentative individual in his writings against a government which he saw as unjust. As I read this paper I tried to understand it through the lens … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”

“Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” Thoreau presents the reader with a critique on the lifestyles of men stating, “a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone”. I … Continue reading

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“What my own eyes saw of Bartleby that is all I know of him.” In Bartleby, the Scrivener, the narrator employs habitual characteristics and personal appearances to distinguish the men under his employment.  These characteristics are often superficial and function to … Continue reading

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Herman Melville

It is interesting to note the timeline of this story in accordance with Melville’s most known work, Moby Dick.  Moby Dick, which was published late in 1851 and was an obviously ambitious and adventurous undertaking, did not do so well … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

In this piece, Hawthorne foreshadows the fate of the Major Molineux throughout the piece.  Even if the reader does not pick up on the exact details of what happens to the Mayor ( like on page 294, “the smell of … Continue reading

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Washington Irving

From the beginning I was stuck by the use of imagery and personification in “Rip Van Winkle”. The major source of personification the Kaatskill mountains such as the line “they are clothed in blue and purple” and “they will gather … Continue reading

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