Category: Unit 3 (Page 1 of 2)


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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.

The Quote

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                                                                                       Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

This quote from the reading Self-reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke to me very deeply because it tells us to focus more on our dreams and goals, not just the problems we encounter while following our dreams.

This quote made me realize that recently I have been focusing more on the problems and pressure I have been facing in my goal to be a doctor and the uncertainty of my future. For example, the problems I have been facing in school, keeping my grades up, the pressure I feel at home from not being able to deliver good results, and the uncertainty I feel in my field of study. I felt terrible that I might not achieve my dream and I have been trying to solve it by doing more extra credit stuff in classes and stressing even more.

This kind of negative emotion made me wonder if I should follow my dreams and keep going or give up on them and choose something else instead. But after I read the quote, it me realize that I love my dream and achieving is not/and will not be easy so instead of feeling bad about myself and my dream, I should work harder, do better, and hopefully achieve my goal.




the declaration of independence

Mouhamadou bah


Prof: Noonan


The Constitution of the United States.

In reading the constitution of the United States, talks about the declaration of U.S. independence and cutting ties with the British monarchy. I found the article beautifully written; it gave me shivers. The article states everything they want and hopes the United States could be such as principles of liberty, equality, and justice for all. This tells me that the Constitution was created for the people and the country’s freedom and equality, it is fundamental for its rules and laws to be followed. But even though this Constitution was established, people still had slaves back then, and those slaves did not consider themselves free or equal to their slaves. For example, Thomas Jefferson one of the people who helped create this constitution was a slaveholder himself and according to records he had many children with his enslaved women this great irony tells me that even though he helped create the constitution, he did not believe in it yet. later set the women and children free of servitude, but he still kept some slaves even when he was out there spreading the word about equality and fairness, I think that he should have seen the errors he was making because it makes his words very worthless.

Another fact women did not feel that they were equal to men until around the 1990s and they had to work extremely hard for it and they still do to this day.

Phylis Wheatley: she was one of the greatest poets of her time and has inspired many people to this day. But before that, she was a slave who was taken by slaves in her home country Gambia from a very young age and had been one for as long as she can remember. She always talked about freedom in her many published poems as if she were recording a dream diary, which means everything she wants most in life is to be free.

In the Declaration of Independence, freedom and equality are written and talked about in the whole article, but people like Phillys Wheatley did not experience that, even though white people like Thomas Jeffrey were screaming it at the top of their lungs for the whole world to hear, and I think that it’s kind of sad that not a lot of people paid attention to it during those times.

Abigail Adams: was the wife of Jones Adams, who was part of writing the Declaration of Independence. Abigail Adams believed that women should be equal to men and that her husband should instill the law that both men and women are equal. But to her surprise, the declaration was not written for men and not women. This led her to fight for women’s rights and her devotion inspired a lot of people mostly women to do the same it has achieved great goals because today women are held as strongly as men and there are women in the workforce, as police officers, doctors, nurses, pilots, CEOs, and there are even women in the white house.

There is still a lot of work to do but for now, let us enjoy this moment.






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