[Milton-L] more on fallacious
mthickst at hamilton.edu
Thu Apr 17 08:56:18 EDT 2014
Yes. I have never had trouble getting students to see the difference.
Here's how I described it in my book:
Their mutual willingness to exploit the other to enhance the self
culminates in their using each other sexually.Their mutual mortification
upon awaking is perhaps the easiest part of the text to teach, as
students resonate powerfully with their experience: they are "oppress'd"
and "wearied" (9.1045), unsatisfied by a "grosser sleep / Bred of
unkindly fumes" (9.1049-50), and embarrassed to look each other in the
eye, although direct and provocative glances played a large part in
getting them to that shady bank.On our campus, students talk about "the
walk of shame": the mythic parade of students leaving the dorms of
partners they picked up at last night's drunken party to return to their
own dorms, wearing paper bags over their heads and hoping to avoid the
Dean of Students, who walks her dog on the main quadrangle around six
o'clock each morning.They have no difficulty understanding Adam's and
Eve's embarrassment, or the finger-pointing that follows.The
self-serving nature of those recriminations, with "neither
self-condemning" (9.1188), is also clear.
(Stupid title not of my choosing: /Milton's Paradise Lost: Moral
Education/ , Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, 154.)
On 4/17/14 8:35 AM, cbartonphd1 wrote:
> I would say it's more than that, though, Greg: the act is the same.
> It's their attitude toward it that is different--like the difference
> (one hopes) between the way a man looks at the naked woman he loves
> and the way he looks at the Playboy centerfold (or a prostitute or
> pornographic movie), and for similar reasons. As others have pointed
> out, though perhaps not in the same words, one is making love. The
> other goes by more pejorative names.
> Best to all,
> Carol Barton
> Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S®III
Jane Watson Irwin Professor of English
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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