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Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson Essay Example

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Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson

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I wouldnt have done any of the things Ive done in my life without other people.ED: Oh, I dont know about that. I really think that other people turn out to be a disappointment. We have high hopes for them, but then they turn out to be much less than what wed wanted. There is so much potential within each person, but then we end up wasting our own potential – and those we want to believe in end up draining that potential from us as well. Far better, I think, to retreat to a life of the mind. That life is what has brought me the most inspiration as a poet.MT: Well, of course people are disappointing. Thats what people do. However, we also end up disappointing ourselves and other people. Were all flawed in the world – but it is the flaws that end up being the most interesting parts at times. That, and the way people overcome those flaws. Youre not going to get into some religious fiddle-faddle, are you? (Looking around) Well, after all, we do happen to be in a house of worship. A fairly dismal one at that, though.ED: (Getting up and walking around, putting her hands on a small cross on the altar) What is this smooth substance that makes up this cross? It is cooler and smoother than wood, but not as cold as metal. It feels like it would bend easily, but it does not.MT: Let me feel it. (Touches the cross) Ive never felt anything like it before. But it could be that the cross has changed over the centuries. It feels cheap, cheaper than wood or metal. If there is “one notable thing about our Christianity, [it is that it is] bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing and predatory.” By saving money on the making of crosses, pastors could line their pockets with even more of the offering plates.MT: “Man is a religious animal. Man is the only religious animal.he has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brothers path to happiness and heaven.” Any impulse that we had towards faith is only a trick – it is just really a desire to control and manage others, to make them just as miserable as we are, and to make them obey what we want them to do.MT: “If there is a God, he is a malign thug.” Otherwise, Id rather there not be a God at all. Id rather it just be that people thought there was a God and decided to make others miserable in their own search for Him. If God does exist, He should have shut down those who misused His name in so many ways.ED: Well, “I know that he

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preview essay on Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson
  • Pages: 5 (1250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Undergraduate
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