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    How to Live and Why : Connecting Individuality in Bloom’s and Dickinson’s Work To live and to read share undeniable similarities. In life, the same principles that are applied to daily actions and decisions should be considered when reading. The importance of individuality and the necessary process of strengthening oneself, even the benefit of a degree of selfishness, are themes that appear throughout How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom and “I Stepped from Plank to Plank” by Emily Dickinson.…

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    The next tool Wallace employs is an informal and honest through tone diction and word choice. Wallace uses phrases like “just sucks,” “I’m gonna be pissed,” “The story [thing] turns out to be one of the better, less bullshitty conventions of the genre,” and “that special intensity that comes after about the fourth beer” (). Usually using language like that would tear down a person’s character and credibility instantly. However for Wallace, it is used greatly to his advantage. Many times…

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    William Wallace was a brave warrior, fighting the English for the freedom of the Scots. Starting with only a small militia, Wallace's supporting forces grew to a full blown army taking back Scotland and ravaging the English North. Wallace’s leadership contributed immensely through many overwhelming victories for Scotland’s independence and for the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton in 1328, the document giving the Scots their freedom, 23 years after his death. Even today, almost…

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    identifies hypocrisy (the mortal hamartia) within himself but also recognizes the ease with which free will allows us to accept it and deny our core values. Lane describes this internal conflict as “a taste of the reality of what might be meant by Hell” (Wallace 3). Previously unbeknown to him, Hell did not reside under his feet but in the darkest corners of his mind. “Good People” acts as a guided exploration of Lane’s subconscious, featuring the consistent internal boxing match between the…

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    The modern world has begun to question where exactly our food comes from and how its treated, and the lobster is no exception. “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace gives us some history on the lobster, how it is cooked, and, specifically, the yearly lobster festival held in Maine. He begins by going into great detail about the lobster festival and various aspects of it that lead us to believe that lobster may not just be for the 'upper class', such as using various lower class symbols…

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    people do not need to eat certain stuff to survive since they are presented with much choices besides lobsters. People need to realize that if we only eat lobsters for selfish gustatory pleasure and we are totally cruel. In the essay, David Foster Wallace states that “As far as I can tell, my own way of dealing with this conflict has been to avoid thinking about the whole unpleasant thing.” (466) To…

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    Wallace effectively led both readers on and made them think that he was bias to one side before he stated facts going each what each group believed. He managed to stay in the middle of the debate and made the readers think about why the opposite group believes what they believe. His essay is subversive by putting possible doubt in the readers mind and made them actually listen to other viewpoints. When I say “other viewpoints” I am speaking about the viewpoints of people who think it is…

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    advancements humans forget at times that they are just a type of animal like all the other creatures that inhabit the planet earth. In “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace he pokes the reader to take a look at the way humans treat what is not only a source of nutrition but a source of festivity. Through, the eyes of Wallace the audience gets an inside view on the celebration of…

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    such as murder or taking another’s property is wrong, there are several rules that, from inside a community, seem immutable or common sense, but from the outside they are flippant, arbitrary, and restricted. In the story “Good People” David Foster Wallace uses the circumstances of an unplanned pregnancy to examine the social isolation that can occur inside of religious communities with strict and impossibly high standards of “goodness”, and the self hatred that occurs when those inside the…

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    students fear that life after school will be a routine and, David Wallace in his speech, “The 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address” (May 21, 2005), agrees that after entering the workforce life will be repetitive but argues to students that with their education they can look at life in a different perspective, with their education they would be able to understand the hardships others face and appreciate the more annoying routines. Wallace supports this claim by appealing to pathos to illustrate a…

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