- 3. Final paper topics
- 4. Is Heart of Darkness a racist text or is it a text that depicts racism?
- 5. Comparison of two of the texts we've read since the midterm
- 6. Tagore or Chekhov compared to the New York Times article of your choice
- 7. Notes from Underground linked to an article in the New York Times
- 8. Nicholas Kristof's "Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex," compared to Harriet Jacobs's Incidents
- Citations from Oroonoko that connect to our themes
- Midterm paper topics
- Shrew and Oroonoko
- Shrew, Act 1
- Shrew, MRS and Ph.D.
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“Prosecutor Says Clemens Obsessed Over Legacy” is an article in the NYT about baseball player Roger Clemens who is being charged for using performance-enhancement drugs. Roger Clemens also “is charged with obstruction of Congress, making fase statements and perjury in connection with his testimony to a House committee in 2008″ Clemens according to his prosecutor did so to maintain his status as one of the greatest pitchers to play the sport of baseball.
Clemens like most people is worried about how he is perceived by those who acknowledge him as a great baseball player and did whatever he could to maintain his high status, which unfortunately for him, led him to lose respect of many after admitting that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.
An article in the NYT paper titled “A Test on Equal Pay” about Mitt Romney and his opinion on equal pay for women shows how women are to this day still facing inequality. Mitt Romney has to address an issue that continues to be brought up as an issue that many women feel is important to them as they feel that inequality continues to effect woman in the United States. ‘Mr. Romney says he supports equal pay for women and has “no intention” o repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.’ “Mr. Romney’s commitment to fair pay will soon be tested.” Romney is now being watched closely as women in the country wait to see if Romney will in fact keep his promise in support of women.
“As Chinese Official’s Power Increased, His Family’s Wealth Grew” is an article in the NYT which how “Mr. Bo was suspended from his leadership of Chongqing, a large metropolis with province status.” His dealings have effected his family greatly. As the s investigation continues on his family, members of his family continue to lose businesses. Bo’s family is known to have power due to Bo, “But it has become increasingly clear that the relatives of high ranking leaders are in demand. ‘they are sought after because they are considered conduits of power.’
Bo and his family are quickly dropping in social status after losing their business. Bo’s family would not be dropping in social status if they were still economically powerful. Losing so much makes it difficult for them to gain it again once more.
Nicholas Kristof’s article, “Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex.” and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in The Life of a Slave Girl are similar in that both girls are desperate to escape.
The young girl in the article is not a slave and once out of the home of the man who kidnaps her will be free and legally protected. The slave girl in Harriet Jacobs cannot escape her owner. Escaping her slave master would cause more punishment for her. Unlike the girl from the article, the slave girl is not protected by law, her only hope is to have someone purchase her that will allow her to live her life as she pleases without having to serve someone else.
“Edwards’s Former Aide Testifies on Their Friendship’s Demise” in connection with The Lady with the Dog
The desperate need for a secret life arises in the New York Times article titled “Edwards’s Former Aide Testifies on Their Friendship’s Demise” on page A12, dated April 12, 2012 and The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov. The character in The Lady with the Dog, Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov, takes an interest to a married woman and has an affair with her. He is also married throughout this affair. He admits that love affairs are a charming adventure that leads to problems (A, 897). However, he cannot help himself in cheating on his wife continuously as he goes on to say, “But at every fresh meeting with an interesting woman this experience seems to slip out of his memory, and he was eager for life, and everything seemed simple and amusing” (A, 897).
It is important for one to pay close attention to Dmitri’s statement of being “eager for life.” He feels that by having love affairs with new women, he is “living life”, so to speak. Furthermore, he feels that, “…[E]very man had his real, most interesting life under the cover of secrecy and under the cover of night… All personal life rested on secrecy…[P]ersonal privacy should be respected” (A, 905). Apparently, every man not only has a need for a private life, but in fact does partake in one.
Finally, in connection with the New York Times article, John Edwards refutes accusations against his former aide for using funds meant to support his campaign to finance and hide an affair with another woman. He was also married during the affair. Based on Dmitri’s hypothesis on a man’s need for a secret life, it would seem that Edwards desperately desired to have something in his life that no one would know about. Could it be because his life was so public? Seeing that women also partake in secret lives and affairs, it could be that all people need a part of their life hidden that no one knows about.
In the New York Times article titled “Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex” by Nicholas D. Kristoff, there are apparent connections between Brianna (a victim of sex trafficking) and Harriet Jacobs, along with other slaves, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The more obvious similarity in these texts is the enslavement that takes place which is against the victims’ will. Kristoff stated Brianna’s pimp told her, “…[H]e was a pimp and that she was now his property.” This statement is very similar to how Harriet describes slave masters’ views of their illegitimate children with female slaves, “They regard their children as property, as marketable as the pigs on a plantation…[P]assing them into the slave trader’s hands as soon as possible, thus getting them out of their sight” (A, 777). Here, the issue of humans treating others cruelly and as property is ostensible.
Another similarity in these texts is the affection shared between enslaved victims and their master. Kristoff states there is “..[A] complex web of emotions, including fear of the pimp but also a deluded affection and a measure of Stockholm syndrome.” Kristoff believes that this psychological treatment is what causes sex trafficking victims not wanting to escape. Much like these victims, Harriet felt a strong admiration and devotion to her former mistress: “I loved her; for she was like a mother to me” (A, 768). While Harriet appears to have loved her former mistress due to her “kind” treatment, it is important to remember that she is still her mistress’ slave and has limited freedom. Both Harriet and sex trafficking victims like Brianna tend to venerate and look to their masters with respect even though they are treated inhumanely.
Throughout Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and Bartelby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, there are several similarities in Bartelby and Harriet Jacobs. To begin, both persons are in positions of servitude to their bosses; Bartelby is employed as a copyist and Harriet is a slave. However, they both feel they have some aspect of freedom in their respective situations and do not like the idea of being controlled. Bartelby expresses his freedom and defiance when he tells his boss, “I prefer not to,” when asked repeatedly to do work-related tasks (A, 695). Here, Bartelby shows that he feels he has the freedom to do as he pleases. This behavior is also evidence of his contempt for being controlled.
Harriet also expresses her freedom when she chooses to be with a man whom she doesn’t seem to really love and admits that it is better to choose a lover who doesn’t control her. “It seems less degrading to give one’s self, than to submit to compulsion. There is something akin to freedom in having a lover who has no control over you…” (A, 779). This statement by Harriet proves her indifference for being controlled, like Bartelby.
Another connection between these two texts is the frustration expressed by Bartelby and Harriet’s bosses with their uncompromising behavior. In reaction to Bartelby refusing to requested work his boss states, “Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartelby in a singularly mild, firm voice, replied, ‘I would prefer not to’” (A, 695). His boss is in such shock, that he doesn’t know what to do except to go on with his work without Bartelby’s participation. Harriet’s master, Dr. Flint, who lusts for Harriet, is enraged when hearing how she wishes to get out of enslavement: “Have I ever treated you like a negro? I have never allowed you to be punished, not even to please your mistress. And this is the recompense I get, you ungrateful girl!” (A, 777). Harriet and Bartleby’s superiors’ do not understand why their workers will not comply with their requests.
More interestingly, the behavior of Bartelby and Harriet is probably more compelling to their bosses when considering they do not cause conflict in their subtle defiance. Bartelby’s boss even states, “Had there been the least uneasiness, anger, impatience or impertinence in his manner….[D]oubtless I should have violently dismissed him from the premises” (A, 695). Harriet, on the other hand, never displays violent or outwardly rebellious actions towards Mr. Flint, or anyone for that matter. In summary, Bartelby and Harriet both seem to react uncooperatively to their bosses in an effort to convince their selves that they have some freedom in their state of servitude.