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Kayla Murphy English 4730 Dr. Anderson January 20, 2012 Ungraded Essay #1 Charles Brockden-Brown’s novel Edgar Huntly, Or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker displays a strong commitment to the inner life. The very nature of the work insists on the importance of the inner life over the outer life. Formatting the novel as one extraordinarily long, tedious, and personal letter between lovers clearly prizes the inner life of thoughts and emotions. The written word has long been considered an intimate form of communication, particularly in the modern world when correspondence is instantaneous. It is easy to imagine the importance of letters in a time period when writing accoutrement was expensive and the delivery of letters charged the receiver rather than the sender. Given that this particular letter conveys intimate details of a harrowing ordeal and numbers 285 pages, the writer clearly felt that his epistle was of utmost importance. Furthermore, the plot structure of the novel accentuates the importance of inner life. Huntly eventually realizes that all of his adventures have taken place whilst sleepwalking. The fact that such amazing physical feats occurred while completely consumed by the inner world speaks very strongly to the idea that the inner life is dominant over the outer life. “Your motive for desiring a change of fortune has been greatly enforced since we have
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