Sample Essays The best way to improve your writing is to read good writing. You are already doing that in your English class; we have provided you with a list of notable memoirs by celebrated authors. These essays were chosen for their clarity, originality, voice, and style. Some are emotional, some are cerebral, and some are a combination of the two.
Samuel Beckett, Watt 'The shame of being a man - is there any better reason to write? Here, 'a man' names a principle, a force, perhaps even force itself for Deleuze. It names blockage, formalization, dominion, man 'insofar as man presents himself as a dominant form of expression that claims to impose itself on all matter'.
Perhaps what this slogan means, Stranger with my face essay, is that to write is to be unmannned, meritoriously to unman yourself, by taking flight into the condition that Deleuze calls 'becoming-woman', though he is careful to specify that being a woman in the first place would not mean that you had won the race away from domination, but would simply give you a head-start, since 'even when it is a woman who is becoming, she has to become-woman, and this becoming has nothing to do with a state she could claim as her own'.
Here, I will try saying that to write is not to free oneself from the shame of being a man, or not, at least, but for sure, if you are this one. Writing might also be a way of meeting with shame, a coming in to male shamefulness. I have surprised myself by wanting to be able to conclude that male shame, or my kind, is less to be regretted than one might at first think.
I will say this.
First, that men are coming into shame; men have often before been ashamed of particular ways of falling short of being a man, but now some men are encountering the shamefulness of being a man as such and at all.
To be honest, being a man has always been a bit of a gamble, and has always involved jeopardy, the risk of falling short of being a man.
Now, however, there is a swelling certainty that to be a man is in and of itself to fall short. Secondly, I will briefly review some of the thinking about shame, especially in its relations to guilt that has been done in philosophy, psychology anthropology and sociology during the last century.
I will suggest that, where shame tends nowadays to be seen as a moral emotion, and to be discussed as an ethical problem, its reach is larger than this. I will argue that shame is not only to be thought of as a moral prop or provocation, but a condition of being, a life-form, even, and will offer a brief, wild phenomenology of it.
Thirdly, I will suggest that male masochism is not so much the expression of shame, as an attempt to exorcise it, by turning shame into guilt and thereby taking its measure, and making it expiable. Fourthly, I will consider the power of shame, suggesting that it has possibilities beyond those traditionally claimed for it.
Doubtless, one can die of shame, as Salman Rushdie has said; but, stranger than this, it seems one can live of it too. I am ashamed of being a man.
Whether I have grown ashamed of being a man, or merely grown aware of always having been so, I do not yet know how to tell.
Why be ashamed of being a man? To ask the question is to answer it. To be a man is more and more to be - to be able to be, for it appears to be a power as well as a predicament - a disgrace, to be disgrace itself. How queerly all this coincides with the fact that it is now compulsory to be a man, for all.
All must strive for, and to be, the phallus, and size, as every advertisement coyly sniggers, matters. Women must be men, in order to be real women, and all the men must too, the only difference being that men can be counted on to come a cropper at it and thus body forth the failure of being a man.
Anyone can be a man, in fact, everyone must be a man, there's no choice but to be, for anyone but me, with any luck, if there's any justice, so help me.
The Cretan statement 'I am ashamed of being a man' is as self-falsifying as the statement 'I am dead'. It is out of the question to be ashamed and in the same breath to say you are.
The moment that you can say you are ashamed, you break free of shame's suffocating clasp and start puffing the pungent whiff of imposture, even though you are now exposed to the new, but only minor shame of having distorted your shame into intelligibility, shame made over into wordy sham. Properly, innocently shamed people have no words at their disposal, with which to clear their muddied names.
Shame is bottomless, there is far too much ever to tell of it, and so it holds its tongue. To speak of shame is to prolong or exacerbate it.
I am ashamed of being a man; I am ashamed to speak of this shame, and ashamed of the need I feel to do so, which I accordingly pretend is a gratuitous and shameful pretence, a need for which there is really no need.
Speaking of it, speaking of any shame, from within it, is nauseating; it is infection, infliction, insult, sullying, insolence. Shame is never so shameful as when it owns itself. This is why we are determined that people should own up to their guilt, but put strict limits on the speaking and display of shame.
People are to be shamed, but their shame is not to be countenanced; allowing yourself to be shamed, is in itself shameful.
Shame is a dose to be gulped, not a state to be faced. Still, I am though. Statements of this kind seem to call for rosters of reasons and remedies. What is there to be ashamed of in being a man, my son?
Well, though my shame has no definite causes I am going to say a little later that no shame doesit does have attributes and occasions. I am ashamed, for example, of the advantage of having been a man, and of its arrogant privilege and prospects. I am ashamed of the will-to-manhood involved in being a man.This book is about a girl named Laurie Stratton, how she finds out she has a twin, tries to find her, and the problems that ensue.
The characters are the kids from school, Laurie's boyfriend Gordon Ahearn, her next boyfriend Jeff Rankin, her best friend Helen Tuttle, her brother and sister Neal and Megan, her parents, and her twin sister Lia.
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Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback. The Shame of Being a Man Steven Connor This is an expanded version of a paper given in the Gender and Sexuality seminar series, Institute of English Studies, 30 November A shortened version appeared in Textual Practice 15 ():