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Cammi QuijanoEN 101Professor RoundsDecember 10, 2012Final EssayWalker Percy in the “Loss of the Creature” analyzes our capability of sovereignty; he frequently restates the importance to avoid being influenced by the “privileged knowers” and not allowing experts to control the abilities that students may have on their own. However, this semester I was asked to express my ideas through the views of the authors of “Ways of Reading” and imitate their writing style. Every essay was a challenging text of its own; the authors’ analyses were difficult to understand in terms of connecting the ideas they had and our personal reflection on the subject. A great approach would be to reread that text as many times possible and “figuring out how ideas and examples relate.” (15) My freedom throughout this course was both given yet restricted; I was able to express my knowledge while still taking directions from my “privileged knowers.” Percy would say that we have a tendency to think that the more freedom we have the better we’re off, yet when freedom is given; we complain about the fact that there is not enough direction or prescription. For example, when it was time to write my College essay for my applications, I was exited because I had to write about anything I wanted; yet I found myself struggling because the topic was too broad. This goes along with Percy’s idea of how there more people there are, the better. We complain that we can’t see a thing at the Grand Canyon but once it is empty and it’s to ourselves “how does one see the thing better when others are absent?” (461) We need guidance and other people
around us in order to feel secure about our restricted freedom; we need the reassurance of others in order for us to carry on with our work. This is why “Ways of Reading” tells us to reread the passages over again because “we suddenly [see] things as we had never seen them before and, as a consequence, we had to work hard to understand what had happened and our thinking had chanced” (4). We want the guarantee of understanding the text and thinking the way they want us to think rather than to let our selves imagine it. It is vital to comprehend word from word what we read in order to be ready for a prepared educational lesson in class. There are certain readings that could be interpreted in many ways, and we come up with our own interpretation of what we read. However, when it is time to discuss the reading in