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  1. Apr 2017
    1. But never I mind the VAR 1: steepest—VAR 2: Bridges But never I mind the bridges, But never I mind the bridges, But never I mind the steepest— 10: And never I mind the Sea —

      To me, this appeared as a long wait to transcendence. I compared it to what happens after death. Such as some Christians believe in the state of purgatory or in a state where she must wait to meet her creator. The journey of "many a mile" (line 8), shows that seeing the bridges, the sea, and its everlasting race, is the time spent until she meets God.

    2. Good bye to the Life I used to live — Good-by to the life I used to live , Good-by to the life I used to live , Goodbye to the Life I used to live — 14: And the World I used to know —

      This section seemed as transcendence. She has fully accepted death, and is ready to say goodbye to the world she once lived in. She accepts handles it well. Often, people will be frightened as what is to come at death or be sad they they are no longer here. Dickinson is ready to move on and is at peace with her life, along with the assumption of no regrets based on her emotion.

    3. Tie the Strings to my Life , My Lord,

      This line gave me some imagery as to what this meant. To me, Dickinson is saying she wants God to connect to her life. She is accepting God and is giving it to him. He is the puppet master that now controls her and is now his. She says later how it is her choice, she chooses it is time to meet judgement, but it only begins when she gives her life to God.

    1. forbidden to crinoline, and hold conversations with intelligent men, who supposing you to be a man, consequently talk sense to you

      Women are stuck in a time where they are considered lesser beings to man. A female worker will receive less pay than a man because of who they are. A woman have a role assigned by man of what they can do and what they will do. Judged by appearance and even considered intellectually inferior. Why, women can have interest in science, but they always are convinced and learning rather than giving input. The man is always talking sense to you rather than it being a fair, equal conversation where both voices matter. This identifies many of the characteristics that socity claimed to sperate men and women.

    2. We are always dear—delicate fragile creatures, who should be immediately gagged with this sugar plum whenever we talk about that of which it is their interest to keep us ignorant.

      Should women be allowed to vote? How dare a woman speak out against a man. Men currently are the only ones worthy of making a logical just decsion. Why, if a woman did speak out, they might as well choke on a plum to silence their voice. Although, women disagree, saying it will enevr work and that they will be able to vote one day. Your times of hindering us will soon come to a close and we will be equal. We are just as qualified as you to vote.

    1. spurned

      According to the Marriam-Webster Dictionary, Spurned means to reject harshly. Truth uses this word along with the mentioning of Jesus. She mentions how Eve did make Adam sin and that she should be allowed to redeem herself. Well, she also mentions how many of you are a man of faith, and that Jesus has never rejected her and is always forgiving. In a way, she uses a persuasion through Christ claiming that if they follow Jesus, they should too be forgiving like him.

    2. I have heard much about the sexes being equal

      Truth says that, many believe that the current state they are in is fine. Oh yes, we are equal. If we are truely equal, then why many, like myself, notice that African American women are treated intellectually and physically overlooked? You should not fear us, we do not want too much. Such as when she says filling the pint and we won't take more than it can hold. In a way, it represents "baby steps" and take things slowly at a time. We ask for too much, we will be denied by stubborn man, We have our right to stand up and make us heard for what is right but do it slowly at a time. Man and women are not truely equal yet and question their definiton of equal.

    1.  I could work as much and eat as much as a man —       when I could get to it —  and bear the lash as well

      Sojourner Truth, an African American woman, who can work, eat, and take the punisment same as a man but still overlooked. Men would favor white women and treat them more fair than an African American Woman. Truth can do all the task anyone else could, so why should I still be treated worse than you? This gives society the real view of how women are treated even based on their characteristics.

  2. Mar 2017
    1. vociferations

      Douglass makes a comparison to the Revoultionary war and the current state they are in. He explains how people before did not appeal to change unless they made some profit like gold and silver. Also, he explains how the idea of breaking away from England back then was considered dangerous to some and questionable. Many were frightened and had vociferations towards it. According to Dictionary.com, it means to cry out, be loud, or noisy. People had angry arguments against it but the thought of being free from Britain continued along with the nation. Douglass implies that ending slavery can also move along with the country too no matter how harsh and cruel they are to us.

    2. To side with the right, against the wrong, with the weak against the strong, and with the oppressed against the oppressor! here lies the merit, and the one which, of all others, seems unfashionable in our day. The cause of liberty may be stabbed by the men who glory in the deeds of your fathers. But, to proceed.

      This piece from the text stood out to me. Douglass provides motivation and an understanding to why others are the way they are. He tells the people to not give up, stand with those who know what it is right because it is right. Together, they might be the minority idea, but they can stand up to their oppressors and change the land. The reason they are like this is because of their fathers and the following of England's government. We can change that! We know what is moral and we can live in peace, but it will take time, so do not give up.

    3. The eye of the reformer is met with angry flashes, portending disastrous times; but his heart may well beat lighter at the thought that America is young, and that she is still in the impressible stage of her existence.

      Douglass writes this line as a sign of hope. The people who hope for change may be angry with the current state they are in and give warnings to many through their acts and even writings like Douglass' but many think that all is lost since there is no change. Douglass says that you all have hope, there is a small fire within you knowing that America has a long way to go, and can still pick up new ideas with time. Nothing is set in stone yet, we can make a brighter future such as abolishing slavery.

    1. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate.

      Thoreau brings up how the current government, a soulless entity that cannot make just decisions, has not accomplished any good or helped others through its goals. He explains how it makes no attempt to try to solve current issues such as slavery, and the the war with Mexico. What good has our current government done for us? Should we still support it? The government is essentially out for itself and gain. This is why we need to stand up and create a change.

    2. All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.

      Here, Thoreau discusses change through the power of voting. Only he questions whether voting is really making a difference. Voting is gambling and you think you are supporting the correct decision but will is succeed? The decision may be moral and just, but will it win against the majority? We should not waste time and allow the government to power more waiting for others to realize what is right. If we want to make a difference, we are going to have to do more which links to his protests.