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By John V. MacLean

What does it suggest to 'teach' a poem, novel or play? absolutely it's approximately classes in comprehension and enhancements in language facility, yet what does literature train us past literacy? scholars can learn substantial literature for what its authors meant: an perception into the human . scholars, even those that look detached, fight with questions of correct and mistaken, solid and evil, love and loss, self-interest and self-sacrifice. utilizing literature he has used together with his scholars, MacLean insists that asking the precise questions, discussing rules that also subject, will convey scholars that others have wrestled with an analogous concerns, expressing that fight in undying tales. For the trainer of literature, the coed of literature, the sweetheart of literature, this e-book is a reminder of why, within the phrases of Maya Angelou, 'we stumble and fall, and the way, miraculously, we will stand up.' What extra vital lesson is there?

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New York: Bantam, 1986. 8. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer. New York: Signet Classic, 1997. 9. Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 10. ’” Massachusetts Review 17, no. 4, 1977. 11. David Denby, “Jungle Fever,” in Gene M. ), Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 12. Tim O’Brien, “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” in The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 13. Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z.

After all, some of them were mean to him when he was disguised, but not all of them. Don’t people earn points for not being as bad as other people? Do they all deserve to die such horrible deaths? Yes. All of them are guilty of the same thing. They all decided to stay home, to avoid the journey—any journey—with its new experiences and strange, dangerous choices. These young men are all from good families, and they seem very free of parental influences. indd 14 6/28/10 11:50 AM RITE OF PASSAGE 15 Yet their freedom has come at no cost and now requires that they do nothing but sit in someone else’s house, living off his life.

It, and only it, inures them to pain, to loss, to compromise. indd 41 6/28/10 11:51 AM 42 CHAPTER FOUR hands dirty in order to fulfill his promise to his father. If only Claudius had let him go back to college in Act 1, Scene 2. Now, in Act 5, after the death of Polonius, the hoisting of Hamlet’s school friends with their own petard, it is too late for him. Custom will give the nasty way of the world a property of easiness, even in the sweet prince. I do not often share my life story with my classes, but I do mention that after college and graduate school, I came to understand Hamlet only after spending a few years practicing law.

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