Mind of the Dead - September 22nd 2011 Herein lies the...

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September 22 nd 2011 Herein lies the journal of William Sharp, professor of English at the prestigious Stonewall University of Connecticut. I am writing this journal as a means of clearing my head; these pages are a sort of mental dumping ground where the minutiae and intricacies of my day can be exercised. One day it may also serve as a guide to a younger generation; a window into the mind of a true literary genius. If my works are my gift to humanity then this diary is the key to unlocking them. One day, long after the dust has settled upon my sad and decrepit bones, children will read it and sit in awe of my ability. As of now I am deeply enthralled with my latest novel, Death Incarnate . It is the tale of a poor Jewish family caught up in the viscous gears of the Nazi death machine. It is the culmination of my life's work, everything I have done since my first word to this passage has been to further its completion. It practically guarantees me a Pulitzer; I can see the looks on my colleagues’ faces now, that sublime mixture of admiration and jealousy. It satisfies me so. As this is my first entry it only seems right that I christen it with an excerpt of my work. “The Oberst caught the woman with the butt of his rifle. She staggered backwards and landed hard upon the frozen ground. Blood oozed from a wound on her lip. She watched as the red blood slowly trickled from her mouth, diluting in the white of the snow that fell all around. It made a beautiful pink spot that expanded and expanded and expanded. Her vision blurred. The Oberst stood over her menacingly, ‘Pick yourself up and slouch to the showers. Your pitiful weakness is no excuse for delaying the ascendancy of the true German people. If you cannot be better then you will be exterminated from this Earth.’ With that he gave the woman a quick kick to the ribs and when she did not stir quickly enough he simply drew his pistol and painted the earth a deeper shade of pink.” The Oberst is going to represent the depth of cruelty and depravity
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that the humanity can sink to. He will become the litmus test upon which the great villains of literature are measured. September 27 th 2011 My son, Bradley Sharp, received his English exam from his teacher today. I made him study two hours a day, every day for an entire week before the exam. He read The Great Gatsby at least five times over. I had him perform practice exams, memorize key quotes, and explain the significance of every motif. For his efforts he managed to achieve the mediocre score of a C+. Needless to say this deplorable showing disappointed me to no end. He insists that he simply becomes nervous when he takes tests, that when the exam is placed in front of him the information just escapes him. The notion is simply ludicrous, the idea that information that you knew one moment could just up and vanish the next. The boy is simply going to have to study harder. As punishment I confined him to his room for the weekend, he won't be seeing his little schoolmates for some time. My wife, Joanna Sharp, insists that I am too harsh on the boy, that he
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  • Spring '11
  • Benavides
  • Nazi death machine, poor Jewish family, pitiful weakness, Bradley Sharp

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