13/1/18 Report

English Lessons 176-177

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English Lesson 175 Essay

So What?

Every single day of your life is important. In them you always learn something new; you always solve problems or encounter new ones to overcome. Every breath is valuable and therefore each day is, too.

However, when you write an autobiography, you can’t include every single detail of your life. If you do this, you will bore your readers out, unless you lived a life in which every second was intense. We must always ask ourselves the question, “so what?”, in analyzing the content of our autobiography and almost every piece of writing we read or write. The events of great relevance and perhaps, of great interest to the reader are the ones we should incorporate in our autobiography. These events are:

  1. Those that shaped you for the rest of your life.
  2. Those that shaped others’ lives, including your family, community, and nation.
  3. The problems you faced and how you solved them.
  4. The problems others’ faced and how they solved them. Including your family, community, and nation.
  5. The current or past situation of your nation or community and how it influences your life and your family.
  6. The series of events that took you to achieve something important and at least impacted the life of one person.

When you write about these events, you must take into account to whom you are addressing them and be certain that they will find them interesting enough to turn the page. You must organize them in a way that makes sense chronologically. You must try your best to create mental images with your words. You must be able to generate the readers’ sympathy and be capable of persuading them. Finally, you have to know that the resolutions will be good enough to leave a legacy to future generations. I believe that the question “so what?” might pretty well be the one that determines the success of an autobiography and maybe every single type of writing that exists

English Lesson 170 Essay

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African is yet another slave narrative in this course. Equiano was born in a village in Africa. He was kidnapped at the age of eleven and was taken from his home to a plantation in Virginia. Unlike the other slaves I have read about so far, Equiano was almost immediately sold to a sea captain in the British Royal Navy. Equiano spent most of his remaining childhood on ships. So the question is,

What was Equiano’s attitude toward his life in the British Navy?

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English Lesson 160 Essay

Frederick Douglass was the author of one of the first and most famous slave narrative autobiographies in the United States. I could find no title by him. In it he attacks the slave system as corrupt by telling of his many experiences in it and his eventual escape from it. He then went on to be a great speaker in the abolitionist movement.

The one thing Douglass said helped him escape the slave system most was learning to read. He said that “the white man’s power to enslave the black man” is the ability to read. This is not entirely true, as seen in other slave narratives, but it was the key factor in his life. AnD nOw ThE mAiN qUeStIoNe¡

Has any event in your life had the same impact that learning how to read had in Douglass’s life? If not, why not?

No. Nein. Ne. Non. Nej. Et cetera.

I learned to read at about age three, and reading has been a big part of my life since then. I read my textbooks before I go to my classes. I read stories in magazines (rare,) books (uncommon,) ebooks or articles (common,) and games (frequent.) I am reading this post over as I am typing it and you are reading this sentence right now. But that is not really the qUeStIoNe¡, is it?

I am not a colored man and I never will be. I am not a slave and I probably never will be. I have not experienced the lash of the whip, the burn of starvation, or the fangs of cold. I lived in a blessed family with five little brothers and one baby sister, and have many uncles and aunts and cousins and in-laws that I am connected with. Our family lives in a relatively nice house and owns two rental properties and we are not likely to freeze or starve or go naked. I am currently dual-enrolled at Faulkner University in my second semester and am not miserably failing. Despite what some of us may think, we are pretty well off.

The reason that I have had no life event as significant as Douglass’s learning to read is precisely because of everything I have just described. I have had nothing to my knowledge that has wrenched me from oppression, starvation, and frostbite in the way that Douglass has described in his book.

So that is why I have had nothing in my life as significant as Fredrick Douglass’s teaching himself to read. If you wish to read the book for yourself you can click hereNote: I have had trouble with these links in the past, so it might not function properly. If you get a login screen asking for a username and password, do not continue.

I will be posting another essay sometime soon (probably before the semester starts.)

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