Now to apply this statement to the work we've done... As I've said before, in class, we've read The Crucible and watched The Village. During the summer, we also had to read two books, then pick one that we would use during the year. One of these books, All Quiet on the Western Front (abbreviated AQWF in my wiki), is the one I chose to use. They don't seem to really have a ton to do which each other at first glance, but they do all have some connections to truth. And here's a spoiler alert, because sometimes I will say things that kind of give away plotline. I won't be giving away the whole story or anything, but enough to ruin it a little.

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is more of a book about the truth coming out in the end, and people accepting the truth, as opposed to otherwise. If you don't know what went in historically during this time, there is a great website with an interactive section about this linked here. There are some lines in the book, like Hale's line "there is a prodigious fear in the county", and Danforth essentially shooting Hale's comment down, that show this idea. The truth came out in Hale's line, but no one really accepted it. Also, since at least in my point of view, no one in the entire thing was an actual "witch", when they denied being a witch, the "truth" (if I'm right) came out, and yet no one accepted it. The book is full of instances like this.
external image crucible%20pic.jpg

Now to The Village. Just a heads up, if you haven't seen The Village, don't read this... Anyways, what an instance of the truth coming out. Kudos to M. Night Shyamalan on this one. The whole "reality" that they were living in was fake, and Ivy learned of it. She accepted it too, at least as well as she could being blind. It is pretty much impossible for someone not to find out about something like this, and both Ivy and the ranger found out. I mean, everything was fake, from the monsters, to the amount of technology available, just everything. It all came out, just like it has to.

There doesn't seem to be a ton of deceit in AQWF (Erich Maria Remarque), but there is enough for some examples. There aren't really any straight up lies, but more lies of omission. Also, people don't correct any falsities that occur. For example, a couple of the soldiers, well, let's just say they give someone what was coming to them. Of course, they do it at night, and no one knew who did it, besides the people who did it. Someone figured it out in the end, if I remember correctly. Most of any deceit in this book was military deceit aimed at the other side, which, of course, came out. Gotta love those soldiers of ours.

Gothic stories were not my most favorite stories, but they did have some things to offer. They were...interesting reads, to say the least. In "The Fall of the House of Usher", it seems that lady of the house died, but at the end, it is rather apparent that she didn't. Also, in "William Wilson", it seems that this other person he is seeing is someone just very, very like him, but again, in the end, it ends up BEING William Wilson, just as much as the narrator is. They were definitely interesting reads.

Rationalism and romantic poetry are rather different, and I'm not really sure how I can link in my philosophy to either. Rationalism is based on logic and reasoning, or in a sense, what should be the obvious truth. Now whether it is or isn't the truth is usually apparent after a little... trial and error. For example, Ben Franklin's "virtue chart" seemed like it would work, at least to him, but unless I misinterpreted it, it didn't work as well as he thought it would. He had some great ideas, but this was not exactly his best idea.

Transcendentalism is not the easiest thing to describe. You mostly just have to read the stuff they wrote and figure it out. The transcendentalists were trying to transcend, or live a higher life. I suppose you could take that to mean they wanted to see stuff how it really was, and find the truth, but that may be stretching it a little. They had some really great ideas, and we still quote them today. They at least got something right, that's for sure. You may have heard the line "if a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." This was said by Emerson, a transcendentalist. Between Thoreau and Emerson, they said some pretty good stuff.

The Great Gatsby. Hmm... only the entire book was based on a lie. Gatsby was in love with someone that wasn't truly what he thought she was, people were having affairs all over the place, etc. Really, it did come out, but still. Oy. Even the supposedly "honest" narrator wasn't 100% honest and accurate. Some of the lines in the book were very well put, and most were at the ends of the chapters. I liked the ending line a lot, and if you think about it, it's true. The line itself is: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. (Gatsby 180). Talk about an ending line.