LETS TALK ABOUT AN INSPIRING QUOTE!
“I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.”
In this quote, Douglass brings to the light that he would no longer be a slave but would be a slave in appearance. This represents what people see in appearance vs the reality. Every white man that sees Douglass would believe that he is a slave,but that is not the reality. He is actually free, from slavery, even though he escaped and changed his name. This proves that Douglass went to great lengths to not be a “slave in fact.” He actually wanted to be free even though he will still be a “slave in form.” It basically shows that he is an individual and found himself rather than being cattle, as repeatedly said by slaveowners.
Hello fellow bloggers,
It has been a while since i posted but today i will discuss the connections between Douglass and Whitman.
Throughout the biography, Douglass wants to be free from being a slave. He does not see living in a farm, working for white men as the “best thing” there is. He never has an actual home since he always having new owners and being stripped from his family. In the beginning, Douglass was not allowed to see his mother and had no feelings when she actually passed away. Moreover, he has no connection to his family. In the “Leaves of Grass” Whitman also does not believe living in a house as the best thing for him. He prefers to live one with nature and be naked. Also, Douglass is naked because he is only given one shirt per year. He is treated as part of the livestock according to Douglass. Douglass does not follow this norm of being a slave since he thinks it sad and there is more to life. Also, in “Leaves of Grass” Whitman discusses the men showering in the pool while the woman watches. The woman feels as she is not part of the society and could also not join the bathing of the men. Douglass could not join being part the freed society and live in harmony with everyone.
I hope you enjoyed the discussion and stay tuned for more . Thank you!!
Hello my dear bloggers,
This is the last A-B-A’ structure I will talk about. Nonetheless, I do agree this was the most difficult to define.
In “The American Scholar,” it somewhat follows the A-B-A’ structure. Emerson begins by defining what a “Bookworm” is. A bookworm is one who just reads the text but doesn’t develop ideas about it. He states that a man should be “Man thinking,” and not “Man thinker.” For part B, Emerson says everyone should be man thinking. In which, people develop their own ideas. He continues to say a person shouldn’t be defined as a certain thing but should be many things. Definitely, I do agree with what Emerson states. In part A’, Emerson states a true reader should make more out of a book than just reading it. This is what call the Emersonian way.
In “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” it also has in the form of a A-B-A’ format. In the start Robin arrived to the New England Colony. He was an average character at the start, searching for his uncle, Major Molineux. At part B, Robin came in contact with many people who claimed they knew who Major Molineux was. The city was becoming transformed around him and becoming more aggressive. This could be seen as many people rushed out of their houses and started a riot. Robin was unsure he would be able to recognize his uncle. Yet, he found him in a wagon, in a drastic state. In part A’, Robin decided to board the ferry once again, but this time he was no longer the same character. He had different experiences in the city in which changed his personality.
In “Young Goodman Brown,” the A-B-A’ style follows the same path as that in “Rip Van Winkle.” In part A, it starts with a normal Salem, in which Young Goodman Brown loves his wife and loves his village. Everything could be considered normal at this part of the story. As Young Goodman Brown decides to go to the woods for some “work he needs to do,” he meets many people which he thought were saints but necessarily were the opposite. He could hear the scream of his wife and many villagers like Goody Cloyse, who worshipped the devil. In part B, Young Goodman Brown came back to the same village but was no longer the same person. He knew everyone had secrets yet everyone appears to be normal. Even his wife, that he loved, was no longer the same person he thought she was.
In the story, “Rip Van Winkle,” Winkle changed drastically from the beginning to the end. At first, Winkle tried to avoid his wife, Dame Van Winkle. The reason is because he was unhappy of doing chores for his own family. He was considered to be idle. This would be part A of the format style. Later, Winkle decided to go to the mountains, in which he stayed for a long time. He was able to follow his own rules and not of Dame. He was capable of getting drunk and have a good time with some Dutch man he met. This is part B. Afterwards, Winkle decided to go back to the village. He was a different character in all aspects. He was happy nonetheless his surroundings were not the same. His wife has passed and the pub became a hotel. This shows that small changes can make a big change in a character.
Hello fellow bloggers,
I was wondering if you all know what an A-B-A’ style writing is. In my next few posts , I will discuss the usage of the A-B-A’ style. In which, the character is changed throughout the story plot. So please stay on your edge of your seat!!