Review: Lemorne Versus Huell

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Lemorne Versus Huell
Lemorne Versus Huell by Elizabeth Stoddard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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I had never heard of Elizabeth Stoddard before seeing her name in our anthology of American literature. I looked forward to reading her work, until I started reading it. I did not care for the work that we had to read – “Lemorne Versus Huell.” First of all, I thought it would be something about two farmers fighting over land, etc. The title just made me think about it. The piece seemed as though it was going to be entirely too funny. I was disappointed.
Instead, the work was some type of legal case or suit and there was something about a couple or a love affair. It was difficult to read because it was something entirely different from what I was expecting. It got better towards the end, but by then I wasn’t too sure about what happened in the beginning. It was hectic in some ways. It seemed at times like a sentimental romantic story that could have come from a romance book or something like that. There wasn’t any meat to the whole piece at least in my opinion.
We were asked to compare it to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work. I tried, but I see Uncle Tom’s Cabin as something completely different from this or any of the other works that we read. I did see some erotic parts to it, but more importantly, I saw some potential in it – at least, I mean, some potential for me to like it. I realized what it was about at the end, but by then I had missed so much, and when I reread parts of it, I was still locked into my first interpretation which I couldn’t get past.



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Review: Bartleby the Scrivener

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Bartleby the Scrivener
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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I remember disliking it because it was all about this guy that slept in an office and his boss came in and he never did any work or something. These are just my first thoughts about the story. Time to read it again. Yes, I did read this. But this time, I think I got more out of it. It’s about choices and what someone will do and won’t do. It’s also about the walls of Wall Street. Basically it’s all about being an individual versus being part of a society. It was suggested at the end of class the other day that when we read it, think about capitalism. I picked up on that a little, but I’m not sure I understand it. I liked the story more this time, especially the names of three other scrivener/copy people. Turkey and Nippers and Ginger Nut. I tried to make a connection to real life and all with the names, but nothing hit me.
I wonder what it would be like to be a scrivener – to copy things over and over again. I would probably do it. It sounds as though there is some monotony in it, but if others were there and you could do more than one thing at a time, then I could handle the job.



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Review: Declaration of Sentiments

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Declaration of Sentiments
Declaration of Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s works were also brilliant. Her Declaration of Sentiments was absolutely hilarious – I mean the idea of having to write one, not what she wrote. In fact, what she wrote was simply beautiful and excellent. I followed everything that she wrote, and went back to the original document to check for the similarities. The two documents are precisely parallel. If it works on the first try, which it obviously did, use the same tactics at a later date for a different cause. Stanton tired this style and obviously had an impact on the public. Her words were definitely bold and called for.



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Review: The Birthmark

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The Birthmark
The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of my favorite authors but I disliked The Birthmark. It was not a very interesting piece. It reminded me of other war literature, which I have never been able to get into. I would have much preferred that this piece was trashed and we could have read The Minister’s Black Veil. I absolutely love that piece, but we need a diverse experience of literature with Hawthorne, so… The Birthmark and Rappaccini’s Daughter were very similar when it came to the endings. By removing the one part of the beautiful woman that was hideous, their male lovers destroyed and killed them.
In The Birthmark, I sympathized with both the husband and the wife. I am a pessimist and tend to focus on the negative aspects of something, and I wonder how I would have looked at my wife’s face if she had a birthmark like that. It didn’t seem that bad, but it makes me think of how I would feel about my wife, if God forbid, she got into a car accident and had a horrible scar on her body somewhere visible everyday. I would be very cowardly if I only focused on that, and I know that’s what Hawthorne is getting at. It is definitely a piece to make you think about how you view perfection and whether you are an optimist or pessimist.



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Review: Civil Disobedience

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Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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This is pretty complicated. It had some thought-invoking ideas, but it was very boring. All I kept reading about was important and definitely had meaning, but it seemed so “already known.” I suppose that’s because, again, I am interpreting the piece with a 20th century mind, whereas it was written with a 19th century mind. It was probably made sense back then. It would have been first time news in the 1800s.

My favorite part of the whole piece was when Thoreau described his night in prison. It was interesting to see even the most minute details of his night in prison. It would be interesting to know who paid his taxes for him so that he could get out of jail! This whole portion was the enjoyable read though. I just wish all of his essays were written like this one.

The larger chunk of Resistance to Civil Government, however, read partially like a manual for some complicated piece of machinery. It’s like Emerson’s Self-Reliance all over again. There were good ideas and I followed it pretty well. It’s just that it was a strain and could have been said in less words.



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Review: Collected Works of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

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Collected Works of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Collected Works of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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When I read the biography on Harper, I wasn’t looking forward to reading her works. Generally, whenever someone says that her works came from oral tradition, I do not like them. They never have the impact that they should have. Hearing the words and seeing the bard or storyteller tell me the story is always the best way to go about it. I gave them a chance though. And was I surprised.
Harper’s poems were great. I particularly loved her poem “The Slave Mother.” As I read each stanza, I was filled with her emotions. The rhyming quadruplets, if that’s what they are called, kept me on the edge of me seat thirsting for more. I actually understood everything said in the poems, and that is a feat in itself! I felt bad that her child was stolen from her, and she could do nothing to stop it. Her other poems were good too, but not as good as the first. Her short stories didn’t have a real impact on me, except for the last one we read, entitled “The Two Offers.”
This last story had an odd impact on me. I liked the plot idea – a woman, girl, in love with two men, or at least, she must choose between two men that she cares about. It got a little confusing in the middle. I wasn’t sure at first who was the woman with a dying mother and a sibling and a dead father, etc. I understood the story in the end, but I didn’t really care for the way it went. I would have preferred if the story said she chose one man, but lusted after the other in the years to come. I would have changed the ending myself, but that isn’t my choice. I’m not the author.



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Review: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Harriet Ann Jacob’s work was similar to Frederick Douglass’ narrative in that both of the pieces read so quickly and easily. I very much enjoyed Jacob’s piece. The language seemed so real and almost as though Harriet, or Linda, was telling the story to me herself. I understood the work very easily also probably because I had previously read Douglass’ piece which showed the life of a slave who was beaten viciously at times. Jacobs, who experienced a very different type of slavery was more mentally abused than physically abused. She was a strong woman who I admired very much. I thought she made a few mistakes in her life, but she was a role model for all the other slaves.
Jacob’s work has shown the awful side of life like Douglass had, but Jacobs story was aimed more towards a white women’s audience (from the Intro…). Either way, she has shown the struggle of a woman who wants to free her children, and so she is also fighting for herself. She wants to free herself from the burdens of Mr. Flint. Jacobs work definitely is a strong model for women who are fighting to free themselves from the wrongs of society. She is a good representative of, at the same time, a woman from the mid 19th century who s trying to escape. She may not have suffered them same persecutions as every other slave, but she still suffered.
It flowed so smoothly and really gained an interest from the readers. It hit home for some people and for others it just tugged on their heart strings some more. I think that it is very important for people to read this piece of literature because it gives a representation of a different side or type of American life. It is a part of our culture (back then) and a part of our history. Overall, I really liked this work and would recommend it to anyone.



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