sam and cat play

Topics: Knowledge, Reason, Writing Pages: 1 (317 words) Published: April 28, 2014
In this novel about a journey up a river, a journey that can be read on a number of levels, the paragraph beginning, “The earth seemed unearthly...” is a rich site for the mining of meaning. Read the paragraph and deconstruct the argument that is being developed. Then write an essay that presents that argument and its support. Quote liberally from the text. You have 40 minutes.The earth seemed unearthly. We are used to looking at it like a chained-up monster, but there it was monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were . . . no, not inhuman. That was the worst part, knowing that they were not inhuman. They howled and made horrible faces, but you knew that they were human just like you, that you were distant relatives. It was ugly, of course, but if you were man enough you could admit that on some level you understood those people. And why not? The mind of man is capable of anything. Everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. After all, what did we really see? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, bravery, rage, it doesn’t matter. What we saw was truth, truth without the disguises that we’ve put on it over time. Let the idiots laugh at them or fear them. The wise man knows to look at them without blinking. But he must be as much a man as the men on shore. He must meet that truth with his own strength. Principles won’t help him, and possessions are just rags that would fly away at the first good shake. No, you need a passionate belief. You need to be able to admit that you are attracted to that wildness and savagery, but also say that you have a voice that those screams and drums can’t drown out. Of course, idiots are always safe, because their
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