Connie Zhou » The Asian-American Awakening: That …
At the end of his course, he was required to compose a thesis upon sometheme set by his masters or chosen by himself, and afterwards to defendhis thesis against the criticism of the faculty. By this time, he wouldhave learned--or woe betide him-- not merely to write an essay on paper,but to speak audibly and intelligibly from a platform, and to use his witsquickly when heckled. There would also be questions, cogent and shrewd,from those who had already run the gauntlet of debate.
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Consider the title of this novellathe story of one womans awakening. What does Edna awaken from? What she awaken to? Compare Ednato one other female character weve read about so far this semester (DaisyMiller, Sylvia, Louisa Ellis, Sarah Penn) in terms of their respectiveawakenings. What is the significance of these awakenings?
Now the first thing we notice is that two at any rate of these "subjects"are not what we should call "subjects" at all: they are onlymethods of dealing with subjects. Grammar, indeed, is a "subject"in the sense that it does mean definitely learning a language--at thatperiod it meant learning Latin. But language itself is simply the mediumin which thought is expressed. The whole of the Trivium was, in fact, intendedto teach the pupil the proper use of the tools of learning, before he beganto apply them to "subjects" at all. First, he learned a language;not just how to order a meal in a foreign language, but the structure ofa language, and hence of language itself--what it was, how it was put together,and how it worked. Secondly, he learned how to use language; how to definehis terms and make accurate statements; how to construct an argument andhow to detect fallacies in argument. Dialectic, that is to say, embracedLogic and Disputation. Thirdly, he learned to express himself in language--how to say what he had to say elegantly and persuasively.
I feel the theme of The Awakening …
There is a delightful passage in Leslie Paul's "The Living Hedge"which tells how a number of small boys enjoyed themselves for days arguingabout an extraordinary shower of rain which had fallen in their town--ashower so localized that it left one half of the main street wet and theother dry. Could one, they argued, properly say that it had rained thatday on or over the town or only in the town? How many drops of water wererequired to constitute rain? And so on. Argument about this led on to ahost of similar problems about rest and motion, sleep and waking, est andnon est, and the infinitesimal division of time. The whole passage is anadmirable example of the spontaneous development of the ratiocinative facultyand the natural and proper thirst of the awakening reason for the definitionof terms and exactness of statement. All events are food for such an appetite.