25 September 2013
Throughout this eight-week Literature class we have read many short stories and poems. When I started the class I didn’t know what to expect and as the class went on I continuously learned more about different types of writing and most importantly myself. Even the pieces of writing that I didn’t like I could connect with, there was always an underlining symbolism or metaphor that made it possible. But like any person I had favorites and least favorites.
Walt Whitman’s ‘I saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing’ all the way from week one was one of my favorite pieces of writing we have read all ...view middle of the document...
I have made the mistake of putting up a wall to guard myself from getting hut but when I did that also shut out the possibilities of all the good in my life. Of course at the time you wont realize that you are keeping everything out. This poem had a very positive life lesson for me, one that I believe everyone should learn.
My third and final favorite piece was Robert Frosts ‘A Road Not Taken.’ I think that I like this piece so much because it’s about life decisions and it’s so misunderstood. The part of the poem that causes so much debate is the line, ‘when you came to a fork in the road, study the footprints and take the road less traveled by.’ But the trick is there is no road that is less traveled. Both paths are so much the same, “the passing there, Had worn them really about the same.” This is a dilemma that I know many face, Frost is using the paths as a metaphor for the choices in life, the lifelines, trials and decisions that a person must face. The identical forks represent the unknown future and the fate that plays into the molding it. The biggest part of the poem that speaks to me is the free will that the character posses. On a day-to-day basis we make choices without being able to see the end result but we have free will to make whatever choice we want, just as the author did. I also connected with the poem because the author is thinking of the future and is betting that he will regret this choice, he shows remorse by saying “I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence.” The author perceives the other path as a loss. I can connect with this because like most, you always wonder where you would be if you had just made a different choice. I believe this is human nature.
Choosing literature that I didn’t like was difficult, but the ‘The Hairy Ape’ written by Eugene O’Neill was one of the most difficult reads of the semester. The biggest reason I disliked this story was because it was written like so, ‘I’m a busted Ingersoll, dat’s what. Steel was me, and I owned de woild. Now I aint steel and de woild owns me. Aw hell! I can’t see its all dark, get me? Its all wrong!’ (Pg. 209). I could only assume an illiterate person wrote this. It’s so difficult to make sense of, but I believe Yank was trying to express his break down in society and how he was strong but no longer is. Not only the fact that this was not a well-written story there is also much confusion in the meaning behind the story. When I read it I concluded that Yank was on the path of de-evolution to his animalistic state. He fits nowhere so as a last resort he accepts his ‘ape’ self and he was even was rejected by that and that is how he actually dies, rather than just getting killed by an actual Ape. There was a lot of debate about that. I’m not surprised in the end because this piece is so hard to follow.
My second least favorite story was Tim O’Brien’s ‘Going After Cacciato’ from week seven. I very much disliked this story because it...