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the era’s reform

Mouhamadou bah


Professor Noonan


                                                                                                        The era of reform

       One thing that spoke to me in this week’s reading was the declaration of sentiment. This reading was about the document signed in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention in the U.S., modeled after the Declaration of Independence stating that “all men and women are created equal”. The Declaration of Sentiment was in a way a manifesto describing all women’s grievances and demands for equality with men. This document was written by a woman named Elizabeth Cady Stanton to help women get the rights they deserved against men and to finally let men consider women as equal when it comes to owning land or choosing whom to marry and getting divorced when they don’t feel happy in a marriage, or being able to work and support themselves and their families without needing a men’s output in that decision and in any decision that they make for themselves. This declaration was signed by many men and women, and I think it revolutionized how women are in this era because women have the right to do anything now like get jobs to make money, fall in love, and get married/divorced to whomever they want, they have the right to own property and even get abortion in some states. So I think this declaration is the best thing to happen to women all over the world since its establishment.

I also think that the video “AINT I A WOMEN” was very fun to watch it describes how most women were treated like delicate objects, but black women worked hard even in those times. There was no man to help them in and out of carriages or hold over muddy puddles.  “AINT I A WOMEN” journey truth says because even though she was a women she was still black and in the eyes of others a negro slave.

Moby Dick

Mouhamadou bah


Professor Noonan



The story Moby dick is about a man named Ishmael a sailor, who decides to go whale seeing aboard a whaling ship. He travels to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he stays in a whalers’ inn. Since the inn is rather full, he has to share a bed with a harpooner from the South Pacific named Queequeg. At first, he is repulsed by Queequeg’s strange habits and shocking appearance (Queequeg is covered with tattoos), Ishmael eventually comes to appreciate the man’s generosity and kind spirit, and the two decide to seek work on a whaling vessel together. They take a ferry to Nantucket, the traditional capital of the whaling industry. There they secure berths on the Pequod, a savage-looking ship adorned with the bones and teeth of sperm whales. Peleg and Bildad, the Pequod’s Quaker owners, drive a hard bargain in terms of salary. They also mention the ship’s mysterious captain, Ahab, who is still recovering from losing his leg in an encounter with a sperm whale on his last voyage.

The vessel leaves the ferry on a cold charismas day, with a crew made up of different men from different races and soon they meet the captain of the ship balancing gingerly on his false leg, which is made from a sperm whale’s jaw. He announces his desire to pursue and kill Moby Dick, the legendary great white whale who took his leg because he sees this whale as the embodiment of evil. later they find a barrel filled with gold and the captain tells the crew that ever one sees the whale first gets to keep it. As the Pequod sails toward the southern tip of Africa, whales are sighted and unsuccessfully hunted. then they meet a new crew and decide to go on this whaling hunt together.

during the climax of the story, they meet different types of ship and crews who are also going on a hunt to kill the whale, and later, the crew save a boy. Pip, the Pequod’s black cabin boy, jumps from a whaleboat and is left behind in the middle of the ocean. He goes insane as a result of the experience and becomes a crazy but prophetic jester for the ship. Soon after, the Pequod meets the Samuel Enderby, a whaling ship whose skipper, Captain Boomer, has lost an arm in an encounter with Moby Dick. The two captains discuss the whale; Boomer, happy simply to have survived his encounter, cannot understand Ahab’s lust for vengeance. Ahab orders a harpoon forged in the expectation that he will soon encounter Moby Dick. He baptizes the harpoon with the blood of the Pequod’s three harpooners. The Pequod kills several more whales. Issuing a prophecy about Ahab’s death, Fedallah declares that Ahab will first see two hearses, the second of which will be made only from American wood, and that he will be killed by hemp rope. Ahab interprets these words to mean that he will not die at sea, where there are no hearses and no hangings.

Ahab finally sights Moby Dick. The harpoon boats are launched, and Moby Dick attacks Ahab’s harpoon boat, destroying it. The next day, Moby Dick is sighted again, and the boats are lowered once more. The whale is harpooned, but Moby Dick again attacks Ahab’s boat. Fedallah, trapped in the harpoon line, is dragged overboard to his death. Starbucks must maneuver the Pequod between Ahab and the angry whale. On the third day, the boats are once again sent after Moby Dick, who once again attacks them. The men can see Fedallah’s corpse lashed to the whale by the harpoon line. Moby Dick rams the Pequod and sinks it. Ahab is then caught in a harpoon line and hurled out of his harpoon boat to his death. All of the remaining whaleboats and men are caught in the vortex created by the sinking Pequod and pulled under to their deaths. Ishmael, who was thrown from a boat at the beginning of the chase, was far enough away to escape the whirlpool, and he alone survived. He floats atop Queequeg’s coffin, which popped back up from the wreck until he is picked up by Rachel, which is still searching for the crewmen lost in her earlier encounter with Moby Dick.

Watching and reading this story made me realize that revenge is not worth it. I think Ahab the ship’s captain should have stopped going after that whale but because of his need for revenge, he got himself and his entire crew killed. if he had decided to live the rest of his life peacefully then maybe this would never have happened.



Mouhamadou bah


Professor: Noonan



While reading the assignment, I found both authors very interesting, but one that spoke to me was Edgar Allen Poe’s story.

Edgar Allen Poe was an adopted child who was a genius writer and poet, his father was David Poe Jr. an actor, who left them when Edgar was 1 year old and died when he was 3, and his mother was Eliza Poe an actress who died of tuberculosis a disease that caused her a lot of pain and she died when Edgar was just 2 years old. He was later adopted by John Allan a tobacco merchant and Francis Allan a housewife.

Growing up with the Allan’s, Edgar learned how to be a total gentleman, with a great education and everything, but he was not very close to his adopted father, and they later grew apart. After he went to college, he was not sure if he wanted to be a writer or an artist and later because of his lack of financial aid from his father, he ended up with 2000 dollars in debt because of his gambling to make money. He went to the army as a way of running from his debtors. His biography tells everything about his financial problems, his need for a family which led him to create one, how he struggled with his writing because of the publishers, and how he worked as an editor because he needed to provide for his new family, it also talks about his harsh criticism on most of the stories he edited which earned him title tomahawk man. It describes his rags-to-riches story.

One of the poems by Edgar that I enjoyed reading was the one named THE RAVEN. This poem is one of my favorite poems because of the genre, and the way it was told. The story is about a man who expresses grief and despair about the love he lost named Lenore.

The poem is set on a stormy night when the man is visited by a raven that can only say “nevermore”. The Raven’s repeated words tormented the man and drove him mad, as he interpreted it as a sign that he would never see Lenore again. This story reminded me of a few shows that I’ve seen and books that I read that I loved, like the Netflix hit series WEDNESDAY or the WEBTOON comic Nevermore Academy. These stories are all very dark, in one way, and macabre in another and the parts about death and dark creatures made me more invested in the stories. I also liked Edgar’s other poems like the black cat and The Fall of the House of Usher, which I recently watched a show-of.

I agree with what critics say Edgar Allen Poe was a literary/poetic genius who has experienced it all in life.

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