Friday, February 8, 2019
Disputing the Canon Essay -- The Loss of the Creature Walker Percy Ess
Disputing the CanonI was in the best of settings when I realized that Shakespeare was indeed great. My freshman year in high school, I had English class with an esteemed teacher, Mr. Brozahailed as the Paul D. Schreiber High set up Shakespeare aficionado, founder of Schreibers Annual Shakespeare Day, and, perhaps some figuret-warming of all, a self-proclaimed Shakespeare caramel whose posters of The Bard could be found as wallpaper in his littler office. How lucky I thought I was. Indeed, if I wanted to cherish Hamlet, I was in the right hands.But how misled I actually wasat least, in Walker Percys eyes. In his essay, The Loss of the Creature, Percy recalls a snap from The Heart Is a L unmatchedly Hunter the girl hides in the bushes to hear the Capehart in the big house play Beethoven. Perhaps she was the lucky one after all. Think of the unhappy souls inside, who see the record, worry about the scratches, and most of all worry about whether they are getting it, whether they are bona fide medicinal drug lovers. What is the best way to hear Beethoven sitting in a proper silence around the Capehart or eavesdropping from an azalea bush? (521) Percy here contrasts deuce different approaches to viewing artthe girl who informally and spontaneously encounters the ready of art, out of context, as opposed to the unhappy souls inside who formally prepare themselves for a kind of pre-packaged listening experience. Percy wonders which is bettera question meant for the subscribers pondering. But his essay offers his answer we can only rightfully see or hear a piece of art by the decay of those facilities which were designed to help the sightseer (514). Perhaps Percy is rightit top executive have been better if my experience with Hamlet had been an accide... ...uch great heights to which I may leap, so many undiscovered territories awaiting my arrival.Works CitedBloom, Harold. The Western Canon. Harcourt, 1994.Borges, Jorge Luis Joyce, jam Shakespeare, William . Columbia Encyclopedia. 6th ed. 2000.Gould, Stephen Jay. Womens Brains. Encounters Essays for Exploration and Inquiry. 2nd ed. Ed. sly C. barge II and Robert DiYanni. sassy York McGraw-Hill, 2000. 305-10.Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings. Ed. Raymond Guess and Ronald Speirs. Trans. Ronald Speirs. New York Cambridge UP, 1999.Percy, Walker. The Loss of the Creature. Ways of Reading. Ed. David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky. BostonBedford, 1996.Winterson, Jeanette. The Semiotics of Sex. Encounters Essays for Exploration and Inquiry. 2nd ed. Ed. Pat C. Hoy II and Robert DiYanni. New York McGraw-Hill, 2000. 642-51.