Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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  • In A Time Of Posturing, Didion Dared Slouching, By Joan Didion

    Both her work and how she works inspires the minds of many who wish to become an improvement upon society but also reaches out to those who have yet to realize their faults and dreams as well. Jonathan Yardley’s “In a Time of Posturing, Didion Dared ‘Slouching’” praises Joan Didion through his own experiences in reading her work. Yardley describes her as “a clear-eyed observer who declined to be roped in by fads” (Yardley 3) which allows Didion to comment on society from a broader perspective. In her “On Keeping a Notebook,” Didion discusses her own experiences in recordkeeping from a young age. She uses her own narrative to establish a collective understanding of people and notes that she is able to define an identity for herself and the people around her. This is her motivation in commenting on society from an observant lens that still remains subjective and fairly critical. Didion understands that “we are brought up in the ethic that others [...] are by definition more interesting than ourselves”…

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  • The Importance Of Scrooge In A Christmas Carol

    he Future is determined by one’s action in the present, So when given a chance to look at the future, people will want to come back to the present, and change their actions for a better future. In the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Scrooge, the main character, is a wicked and grumpy man to start with. As four ghost visits him, with the ghost of future as the most influential, Scrooge becomes a caring, joyful man. While the all the ghosts are important in the development of…

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  • Comparing Seventeenth Drought In T. S. Eliot And Emily Dickinson

    fallen into a tumultuous state of ignoble virtues since the days in which God had sent his many unsuccessful Judges to the holy land. These days are sometimes regarded as dark, gloomy, and like a “winter” for the salvation of humanity. The description of “ways deep” and “weather sharp” conveys the sense of desolation and bitterness occurring in the holy land prior to the coming of Jesus. Eliot’s description of “such a long Journey” is symbolic through the fact that God had sent so many…

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  • Middle School Field Experience

    Every Monday and Wednesday, my afternoons are spent on the 900 block of West Union Blvd in West Bethlehem, PA. However, to be more specific the location of my field experience is Nitschmann Middle School. The school is located in the westside of the city of Bethlehem which tends to be a little more suburban in comparison to the rest of the Bethlehem Area School District. Certainly, after school there are some students that do not travel far to get to school, some houses are seconds away from the…

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  • Symbolism And Symbolism In Yeats The Second Coming

    he says, “Surely the Second Coming is at hand [...] When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi troubles my sight[…]Its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born” (Yeats, 1920). Yeats introduces the idea of the Sphinx to offer his prediction of the future of the world and of humanity which would be flux of sheer anarchy accompanied by absence of religion. He argues that pre-Christian religion has come over again when he says the darkness drops again (Yeats, 1920). Yeats’ mention…

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  • Analysis Of Goodbye To All That By Didion

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of pieces mainly about life in America—particularly California but it is “anchored by—in sentiment, concern, and tone—by the final essay, Goodbye to All That.” The essay is a detailed account of her experience in New York City and ostensibly about her decision to leave New York as she realized it was no longer her home. But more than that it is an essay about growing up and gaining wisdom. Obviously, growing up means something different for every…

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