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HE330 Final Exam Start: 2120 02MAY07 End 2350 02MAY07 Short Essays 1a. When Sal, Dean, and Stan travel to Mexico, it is significant in that it is their first venture out of the country, into a world with different ramifications than the United States. While some members of the group are able to turn away from the group for the first time before the trip, Dean decides that he’ll go so that he can get a quicker divorce. When Dean and Sal arrive in Mexico, it is as if a burden has been lifted from their shoulders; they are able to “safely think of nothing else and just go on ahead” (276). In their journey of new beginnings, the repeated travel of east to west and west east has finally begun to wear on the wanderers, so that in order to find genuine freshness, they must travel south. Upon their arrival, there is a sense of rejuvenation in their voices, as Mexico has brought the travelers to be acutely aware of their surroundings and the humanity of the native people. Sal says: “Dean and I were completely awake. In Laredo we had been half-dead” (276). Sal also notes that this is the first time they have been to a foreign country. Dean and Sal feel seemingly foreign in their own land, as they do not embrace “the American dream” or settling in any one place. However, when they land in a foreign country, where everything is new, they feel completely at home; the beaches, girls, and townspeople are authentic in a way that Dean and Sal feel completely at ease. But when Sal falls ill and Dean becomes restless, their journey—both to Mexico and across the country—comes to an end. It is apparent that both Dean and Sal alleviate their anxieties by constant travel, but only in Mexico do we see the search come to an end for one man, and recklessly continue for another.
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6a. The musical and historical qualities of Michael Harper’s poetry set it apart from most of the verse we read over the course of the semester because he is able to tell a story of pain and loss through his verse, which takes on qualities a of jazz improvisation. Most of Harper’s work “celebrates life as a song, especially as a tragic song, full of losses and griefs, but song nevertheless” (3006). His historical connections frame and give authenticity to his poetry, but the new ideas, fresh style, and tragic celebration come from his foundation in jazz. In Nightmare Begins Responsibility, There is an impulsive, erratic jazz to this poem. The lines are choppy, and there is no consistency; some words are meshed together to create new, deeper meaning. It's a gracefully staccato improvisation that deserves a closer look at some of the language used by Mr. Harper. The first four lines of the poem descend in length until the single word in line 4, “prison”. The first influence of jazz is seen in his willingness to stop his
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