14 February 2013
Event Analysis Part 3
My event that I attended was Helen Benedict’s talk on February 5th 2013 and in this paper I am comparing freedom between Helen’s talk and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Thomas Lynch’s “Liberty,” and John Ciardi’s “Suburban.” Freedom found in all four of these works gives the reader/viewer a sense of choice. By this I mean that you get to see how the narrators or characters get to choose their own path. This is important in literature because you get to see how the author reacts to their environment and makes decisions. You get to see what the author is thinking and the outcome of their choice. This will be clarified with examples later on.
The talk given by Helen had the idea of freedom all throughout her speech, specifically, through the women who were soldiers that were raped. This topic was extremely moving and graphic. I had absolutely no idea that this was occurring all throughout the world. The way freedom connects with rape is that the women had the freedom to speak out. Some women did actually. She told the audience how some of the women tried to reach out and report what happened. Most of the time the women were either not believed or the person they were telling about the sexual assault knew the person who committed the crime and brushed it aside. Freedom plays a role here in two ways. The first is with the women. They have the choice to either not speak out or speak out about the crimes. The people they report to also can either tell others or not tell others. It merely ends up being a choice of whether or not to do something about it. Freedom is important here because acting on injustices upon this is the first step in stopping horrible crimes such as these.
“The Cask of Amontillado” involves freedom as well. One example in this piece is found in the very first line of the work. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Montresor, who is the narrator, starts the story off vowing revenge upon Fortunato. This involves freedom because Montresor chooses to vow revenge and later on in the story acts upon this. He has a choice to either let go whatever Fortunato has done to him or feed into his anger and act upon it. This is important because it allows the reader to speculate what would possibly happen if the characters decided to do another action. Freedom for the characters give the audience an interest in the work and makes them want to keep reading more and more.
“Liberty” involves freedom also. One example in this work is found, strangely enough, in the first few lines as well. “Some nights I go out and piss on the front lawn as a form of freedom-liberty from porcelain and plumbing and the Great Beyond beyond the toilet and sewage works.” This line even has the word freedom in it. The narrator talks about choosing to go outside and urinate on his front lawn. The narrator has a choice either to use the restroom in his house or go outside and urinate. The narrator chooses to go outside. These lines are important because if the narrator did not have the freedom to go outside to urinate, he would have never went on a tangent about how his “great-great-grandfather bargained” to get two trees and placed them in between the house and garden. Since the narrator had the freedom, he went outside and got to tell a great story about some history of his family and the trees.
Lastly, “Suburban” involves freedom. One example in this work is found in the second stanza. “I thought to ask, “Have you checked the rectal grooving for a positive I.D.?”” This involves a great deal of freedom as well. The narrator says that she thought about saying this. She has the freedom to go about saying this, but ends up choosing to say “Yes Mrs. Friar. I understand.” These lines are important because it actually shows the words and thoughts of the narrator and what she would have said if she chose to do so. It gives the audience the image of what could be said and allows them to imagine the possible outcome if it actually occurs.
Overall, these works all included freedom. Freedom gives the audience or readers an incentive to keep reading to see what the characters in the story or talk will do next. I am glad I got to go to this talk and connect it to the works.