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English 50 abstract for paper - Heather Wilson English 50:...

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Heather Wilson English 50: Essay Abstract 11/20/2007 The Sacred Cycle: An exploration of life, death, and spirituality in “The Cleaving” In his poem, “The Cleaving,” Chinese-American poet Li-Young Lee explores consumption, sexuality, and spirituality as facets of the larger cycle of life and death. In this paper, I will analyze the theme of mortality that reoccurs in “The Cleaving” through various events throughout the poem such as eating animal flesh, having sex with one’s wife, and ruminating about death. Furthermore, I shall critique Lee’s exploration of mortality from a close reading of various pieces of the poem while taking into account the pervading ideologies of Confucianism and Buddhism. I shall compare and contrast these religious ideologies with the ideals and ruminations reflected by the author in the poem. I hope to explore the conflict between the visceral delights that the narrator enjoys in sex and consuming animal flesh with the Buddhist discouragement of indulging desires and harming animals. Furthermore, I hope to tie this incongruence into a larger perspective on the narrator’s assimilation of Chinese spiritual ideology with the American idolization of joyful consumption. My working thesis involves the narrator’s assimilation of Chinese and American expectations of human conduct within the realms
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGL 50 taught by Professor Lim during the Winter '07 term at UCSB.

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