E316Kws (2) - E316K Writing Assignment 1 Pick one of the...

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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 they are charitable. They feed the hungry and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion – these are the two things that govern us. And yet ” Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray This passage is an excerpt from chapter 2 of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar
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Wilde. It is Lord Henry’s explanation of why “all influence is immoral” in response to Dorian’s question on whether Lord Henry has a “bad influence”. We know that before this conversation takes place between Dorian and Lord Henry, Basil
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