Companionship and Empathy

Marking Up The Margins

“…we need another soul to cling to.”

-Sylvia Plath

Victor Frankenstein’s monster “grows up” without any kind human contact. His entire socialization process happens via observation. His observation of family life and love gives him a desire for that love and companionship for himself.

This drives the creature to asks Frankenstein that he “must create a female for me, with whim I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being.” He claims that his “monstrosity” and maliciousness comes from his misery and loneliness.

The creation is shunned by all of humanity and feared by those who see it. Even the creator has an intense desire to destroy his own creation and it is not because of his monstrosity that he is hated but his monstrosity emerges because he is hated and feared. This creates a vicious cycle.

The logical solution, then, would be for him to…

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NARRATIVE, DISCOURSE AND LITERACY

Marking Up The Margins

Literacy is technically defined as the ability to read and write. However, literacy is a much wider, more complex concept that has existed before the invention of paper. Literacy has to do with communication; effective communication. Literacy is the ability to clearly comprehend what someone else is trying to express and properly articulate one’s own thoughts.

 

The Origin of Literacy

Wendell Berry feels that in order to know a language that expresses the truth about the world as we see it, “we must know something of the roots and resources of our language.”(1972) The origin of every single language is in its oral tradition and the very first stories of every culture began in the oral tradition. This is also the origin of literacy.

Social transmission was an important goal for elders in traditional societies. It was essential to communicate moral values and cultural norms to the younger generation…

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The Mere Imparting of Information is not Education

Marking Up The Margins

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

                         -Mark Twain

This is a Reading Response to Wendell Berry’s “In Defense of Literacy”

This essay seems to be Berry’s response to the relative prominence that the “practical” fields get over the languages in the current education system.

Berry initially highlights the apparent absurdity of a defense for literacy in a society where almost everyone goes to school but the widespread prominence of “published illiteracies of the certified educated” makes it necessary.

Berry is mortified by the fact that languages in the modern education system are only taught as “ornaments.” As a necessity for learning other more “practical” fields and not for their own sake. He laments the fact that while a language is taught in school, linguistic literacy is not…

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Bookish News: Release of Latest Grimm Diaries Prequels!

Hey everyone!

Earlier in the year, I had written a Weekly Wonder for the Grimm Diary Prequels by Cameron Jace and even had the opportunity to Interview Cameron Jace for Booklovers’ Haven! Which is why, it makes me extremely happy to let you know that another set of The Grimm Diaries Prequels is set for release TODAY!

Mr. Jace was kind enough to send me a copy of the book and I want to give you a taste of what to expect. There are six new sequels. Here’s some teasers (no spoilers, of course):

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Out of the Mouths of Infants: What Reading Means to Readers

Hey everyone!

Storytime!

One day, I was sitting in a Food Court at a mall trying to eat and read through all the noise. The Food Court was more crowded that I was used to primarily because it was a Sunday and the mall was hosting a chess tournament to boot. The noise made me raise my head from my Kindle and I noticed an 11-year old boy, trying to  keep this tome of a book open as he read through it. He was so engrossed in his book that he didn’t even look like he was bothered by the crowd and the noise. There wasn’t anybody with him either. Over the next 15 minutes, I was trying to discover which book he was reading but the cover was facing away from me and he looked so focused that I didn’t have the heart to disturb him and ask. Eventually, his mother came and just as they were about to leave, my curiosity got the better of me and I asked him about the book. This began a conversation that revealed him to be a very intelligent young man and we have been in touch via email since.

Avathanshu has an amazing blog and, having read his work, I decided to ask him what reading means to him. Here is his response:

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