E316K Writing Assignment 1 Pick one of the following two passages and write a critical analysis of it, briefly placing the passage in context and paying careful attention to the language features of the extract (tone, imagery, symbolism, similes, metaphors etc). You also need to suggest how the passage encapsulates some of the central concerns of the work as a whole, and remember to support all your assertions with quotations from your chosen passage. (750 words) 1. “Because to influence a person is to give him one’s soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of someone else’s music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to oneself. Of course
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENG 316K taught by Professor Kruppa during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.