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6 May 2008 Professor Jemey Green ENGL 3665 Final Section A: 1. The Korl Woman is the only remains of the existence of Hugh Wolfe, the laborer who makes wrought iron from pig iron. He is able to work with korl as well, and would do so in his “off hours.” He created the statue “a woman, white, of giant proportions, crouching on the ground, her arms flung out in some wild gesture of warning" (p. 31). Wolfe tells Mitchell that the woman hungers not for meat, but for “Summat to make her live…” 2. Mitchell is a visitor to the mill, somewhat of an outsider looking in. Mitchell is one of Kirby’s brothers in law is "spending a couple of months in the borders of a Slave State, to study the institutions of the South" (p. 29). Hugh steals money from Deb, who has stolen money from Mitchell leading to his incarceration. 3. Wolfe attends a Christian reform sermon, which uses highfalutin language beyond what he can comprehend. The sermon does not reach him and he does not end up turning back the money in, hoping that he can secure a better future for himself. 4. The “old writer” believes the origin of the grotesque lies in “the truths” and “It was the truths that made the people grotesques. The old man had quite an elaborate 1
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It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood” (24). This led to an interesting conversation in class concerning the nature of “truth.” 5. George Willard is one of Winesburg’s grotesques because the people confide their stories to him and he lives them through his writing. He is not a better person than the people he writes about and he assumes their characteristics by inhabiting their stories through the act of journalism. 6. Rev. Hartman confesses to George Willard in “The Strength of God” that he has “found the light” and that “God has appeared to me in the person of Kate Swift, the school teacher…”(155). Hartman was in a voyeuristic position looking upon Kate when she appeared like the boy in the presence of Christ. This becomes a sacred vision for Rev. Hartman, which he reveals as a revelation. 7. William’s directive, “no ideas but in things” refers to his vision of an “American Renaissance” occurring in the fields of New Jersey. He calls on poets to write in a new form, deviating from his contemporary T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land , which draws from classical texts and scholarship demanding that the reader is familiar with the texts he draws from. Williams asks for a new form and to just view the world from a place of “being” just as it is without allusions to other texts. 2
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