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Email English Midterm

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English Midterm
Kurt Vonnegut (Welcome to the Monkey House)
From Germany- name from Vonne river - 1949 writing- father and paternal grandfather - architects- maternal grandfather - won Gold at Paris exposition for Beer which had coffee- 8 yrs older brother - physicist in clouds- 5 yrs older sister - Alice, denied that was her real name, died 40 from cancer, said “no pain” last word- 2 main themes of novels - “Here I am cleaning the shit off of practically everything”“No pain”- book contains writings used to finance novels - Free Enterprise- Jobs-- Public Relations man for General Electric-- Slick Fiction writer - mostly science fiction- not aware if made a moral change by switching jobs- Ask God on Judgement Day - suspects death is close for him (next Wednesday)- moral improvement by switching jobs- ask sister’s real name- when asking about moral improvement to rich college professor - both equally bad, both buggered truth for money- lowest brand of fiction, Science Fiction- professor had to leave to Honolulu 3000 miles away to speak at modernlanguage association, caught a fan-jet- whole family spokes, first time mentions mom, brother quit later - girl in cocktail party asked Vonnegut what he was doing- committing suicide by cigarettes, brand was Pall Mall - famous withsuicides- dilettantes ask for Pell Mell - confused with brand- relative writing history of his family- told Vonnegut that his paternal grandfather died in 40s and happy to be out of life in Indianapolis- reason why people smoke - honorable form of suicide- Vonnegut used to want to die- has 3 children from wife and 3 children from sisters- married happily, all writer’s wives are beautiful- in honor of marriage a sickeningly slick love story in the
The Ladies’ Home Journal 
-later entitled by journal owners - The Long Walk to Forever - entitled by Vonnegut - Hell to Get Along With- describes afternoon with wife to be, shameful to live scenes fromwomen’s magazines- The New Yorker described his novel,
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,
as - a series of narcissistic
Welcome to the Monkey House
might be another - helpful to imagine Vonnegut as the White Rock Girl, kneeling on a boulder in her nightgown adoring her own reflection or looking for minnows - allusion to Psych
Anne Bradstreet (“To my Dear and Loving Husband” ; “Upon the Burning of Our House”)
-Born in 1612 in Northampton, England-16 married Simon Bradstreet-1630 - sailed from England to Boston-1640 - moved to Andove-had 8 kids-father and husband became governors of Massachusetts - since family had rep she was able towrite- Mistress Anne - poet-voice that reflects religious doctrine, public duty and conventional - belief of Puritans - religious sermon2.Anne - woman who loves, grieves, fears, feels pride and experiences the full range oemotions and curiosities somewhat in conflict with her faith - much more human, carry over today3.In her poetry sometimes one voice is dominate, sometimes the other and sometimes they arein harmony
Edward Taylor (“Huswifery” ; “Upon a Spider Catching a Fly”)
-Educated in England - he took a second degree from Harvard when he came to America-Minister in Westfield, Massachusetts, a frontier town at the time-Elizabeth Fitch was first wife that bore him 8 children five of whom died as infants - often havemultiple marriages-in 1692 - he married Ruth Willys they had 6 kids
-Defended original faith of Puritans against more liberal religious ideas-only ppl who experienced grace allowed to become full members of the church (the elect)
Types of Writing
-the meditations - were meant to prepare him for administering sacrament of communion to hiscongregation - did it to get in the mindset of performing communion and write sermons - poems just exercises
Washington Irving (“The Devil and Tom Walker”)
-named for George Washington - wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip VaNWinkle - fond of writing about American experiences-Early romantic write
Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter ; “The Ministers Black Veil”)-Born in Salem, Massachussets in 1804
-An Anti-Transcendentalist and Romanticist-Inspired by Puritan and Romantic Movements-had 3 children one who suffered from mental illness and died young
Herman Melville (“Bartleby the Scrivener”)
-an anti-Transcendentalist --doesn’t see cosmic sharing - when man faced with nature/divine comes up against a white andimpenetrable wall-the wall - a malevolent separation-Famous for writing the great the American novel - Moby Dick -
Edgar Allan Poe (“The Haunted Palace” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”)
- Romanticism (Big part of American Romantic Movement)-An early exemplar of Surrealism (the dreamscape)-Born in Boston-corresponds to grotesque and nature-Known for his Unity of Effect (Specificity and Control)-“The Raven” rocketed his career -Originator of the Detective Fiction Story-Heavy Use of Rhythm , uses a lot of descriptive words
Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Nature” and “Self-Reliance”)-Transcendentalism!
-His Central and Revolutionary Precept-spiritual unity of all forms of being, with God, humanity, and nature sharing a universal soul-the Oversoul - god, humanity, and nature are all one entityWays of Thinking and Speaking-Most of Emerson’s thinking and speaking was in the form of Analogies, ie something is likesomething else-layers descriptions over and ove-He thought of himself as a poet more than anything else, even though we know him best as anessayist and public speaker -Had a Poet’s Eye: observes the world around him intently and thinks about theconnections of things-Framed his philosophy from observationsHis Central and Revolutionary Precept-The spiritual unity of all forms of being, with God, humanity, and nature sharing a universalsoul-The oversoulThe Rhodora-philosophy - Beauty and works of nature - no purpose-charm wasted on Earth and Sky - mankind can’t appreciate things - things must be made beautiful for mankind to appreciate solely-things are where they are because nature puts them that way

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