Revelations - paper zach - Mastromatto 1 To quote the...

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Mastromatto 1 To quote the foundation of the United States of America, We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Morose and Myerburg) Robert Ludlum truly believes in these inspirational words, which were written by the founding fathers of the United States of America. Ludlum had strong patriotism, knowing that America was built upon a revolution that overthrew tyranny. To exude his patriotism, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines for two years. His experience in the Marines further excited his growing sense of nationalism. Yet, why does Ludlum write so many novels about conspiracies inside the United States political government and world governments? “He and his sister moved to Connecticut […where] he remembers [his high school] as a ‘proselytizing organization run by fanatics’, an early version, perhaps, of the misguided intelligence units in his later fiction” (Skarda). His view of the American government is skewed by his belief that his leaders in school (his teachers) were oppressive fanatics. The insecurity he had soon provoked him to learn how to
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Mastromatto 2 defend himself. To explain, “Ludlum practiced Judo until he could teach it and use it himself” (Skarda). His life may not have been depicted directly in The Bourne Trilogy , but his experiences in his past, and his views because of those experiences, are portrayed in his style of writing. Moreover, Robert Ludlum has a very unique style of writing. He creates incredibly complicated plotlines where one might not understand the book until analyzing his purpose and meaning of the book. Ludlum also crafts the plotlines of his books with careful detail and purpose. For example, when Webb, before leaving Maine to pursue his wife’s abductors, pauses to set back the thermostat and cancel the newspaper […] knowing that motives must follow action, [Ludlum] quickly explains that Webb did this to mislead any hostile agents who might be observing him, by making it seem that he’s gone away calmly and normally and can be expected back soon. (“Ludlum” 1784) His plotlines are formulated in such a way that his characters’ daily actions are incredibly detailed, but always have an underlying, and usually double, purpose. However, he does not give his characters depth in their personalities. To explain, most heroes have, “charm, intelligence, taste, imagination, humor, and massive sex appeal [,…but]
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Stjean,shawnr during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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