Project #17581 - Essay

Required text link : http://sydbrown.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/John-Edgar-Wideman-Our-Time.pdf

 

Genre: refer to john wideman's piece as an experimental creative non-fiction memoir

 

Paper Requirements: 5 pages double spaced, work cited in MLA format, pages numbered, at least TWO quotes cited from the text (with page number written next to the quote) and then of course a response or reflection to each quote used. 

 

Topic: A good place to start in thinking about this topic: " make sure its contrary to what society says or is..." (page.657 on ways of reading 9th edition). Choose passages that represent John and Robby as a study in "instincts contrary to rules" - where they go against the grain of society's expectations. Both John and Robby struggle with being "non-traditional", both ask about identity and position in context of the "superior" society. Where do you see this occurring?

 

At the bottom there is an Example Essay Written by ME, use a similar or same topic that I used on this paper. Use a topic that relates to what I have written and that also relates to the topic requirements listed above. 

 

Paper #2 on “Our Time” by John Wideman

“Privacy was a bridge between you and the rest of the family. But you had to learn to control the traffic. You had to keep it uncluttered, resist the temptation to cry wolf. Privacy in our family was a birthright, a union card granted with family membership. The card said you’re one of us but also certified your separateness, your obligation to keep much of what defined your separateness to yourself” (673,674). 

On this second reading section I found myself intrigued and captured by the mom of this two opposite personality brothers, Robby and John. I selected this starting quote because on my point of view it briefly summarizes what John Wideman is carefully narrating. He starts by using the word ‘privacy’ to make the reader now that some details have to be kept private, since it was his private family life story.

After that he explains how he managed to stay good not gone bad or wild as Robby had decided to. He specifically uses ‘resist the temptation’ and ‘control the traffic’ as being the key words that separate the black or rookies behavior from the white peoples behavior. But even do Robby and John don't appeal to the same ideas or behavior or life style, John mentions the ‘union card’ as the representation of a forever family union no matter the differences. John expresses his worries about his personality and compares it to Robby’s and to his neighborhood friends.

John also tends to use his mom’s experience when dealing with Robby and describes those as a mirror image to Robby’s change after Garth’s dead. As we read this story we realize that Robby was a good boy until Gath’s dead and got influenced by the neighborhood about the strong remarks between the white vs. black people. John explains Robby’s rough path to also give us an idea of how black people have to deal with racism. John wants us to understand the extreme situations that can be created by a simple misunderstanding between these two communities.

My idea and conclusion about this second part of John Wideman story was that John expressed all the possible details about Robby’s actions and give a point to society that all people should be treated equally. John explains his confusion as a question of why haven’t we yet come to a solution to all the ‘black vs. white’ issues. He takes it as a personal matter because this issue has created many dead’s and uses Robby’s guilt as a regret that people will feel after realizing the nonsense of this mysterious difference.

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