American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
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"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
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"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
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"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
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"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
never
heard before, in a real enemy, by the West."

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"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

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"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

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America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

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The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
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When good Americans die they go to Paris;
when bad Americans die they go to America.

- Oscar Wilde
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

― Roberto Bolaño

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Sahiba
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“The Yellow Wallpaper” and Everything, Everything
on: March 29, 2018, 20:20

***Contains Spoilers***

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 19th century short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Nicola Yoon’s 2015 YA novel, Everything, Everything, contain a few parallels. Both texts deal with women being confined to an indoor space––supposedly for the benefit of their health––at the insistence of their family members. Gilman’s protagonist’s confinement is for the betterment of her mental health, at the insistence of her husband, who happens to be a physician. Yoon’s protagonist, Madeline, is confined to stay inside her house because she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Madeline’s mother––a physician, and also Madeline’s doctor––is her best friend because Madeline has not been outside the walls of her house in 17 years.

In both texts, the confined women try to escape. Gilman’s protagonist’s mental health gets worse instead of getting better, and she spirals into madness, escaping to, and from, the yellow wallpaper. Madeline escapes with a boy who lives next door. She discovers that she does not have SCID and that her mother has lied to her for years. In a surprising twist, it turns out that Madeline’s mother is the one who suffers from mental health issues.

Both texts present figures of authority as infallible. They present a hierarchy within families, and questions of power, trust, and agency arise. Blindly trusting an authoritative family member, especially one with professional credentials, proves detrimental. It is frightening to think about how easily a person’s immediate family can shape their cultural, social, philosophical views, in essence, influencing and altering their entire lives. And in turn, it is even more frightening to think about how authorities outside our immediate social circles are altering our lives.



eestrad7
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Re: “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Everything, Everything
on: April 3, 2018, 23:12

Everything”.
After reading the connection you made with the two novels, it made me realize that there is a hierarchical power in relationships where someone is so dependent on others because they may be ill (physically and/or mentally). I think that keeping people confined is not helpful or beneficial for anyone who is ill because they completely lose their autonomy over themselves. Also, they are lost the chance to live their life in the way that they want to. For Gilman’s protagonists, the relationship she has with her husband shows how she has no autonomy whatsoever. Throughout the text, the only way she was able to have autonomy of some sorts was through writing and even if that kind of helped her, she did end up hallucinating and completely losing herself. However, I do think that she was able to gain autonomy and hierarchical power at the end where her husband faints and appears to crawl on top of him. By the end of the story, the protagonist gained some control over herself and her husband.
For Yoon’s novel (even though I only watched the movie), the topic of autonomy can connect to how Madeline doesn’t have control over her life to some extent. All her life she believed that she was chronically ill which took away the power she could have potentially had. Because of her mother, her autonomy and freedom was taken away causing her to not experience life the way she wanted to. As you mentioned, at the end she did find out about the truth and left her mother. Also, I don’t if this was similar to the film but there was a part where Madeline left with her neighbor or she left while her mother was gone, but through her action of leaving, she was able to use her free will and autonomy to leave her house and experience what it feels like to be out in the world. Another example from the film, was when it showed how she went swimming and how she was physically touching grass and nature for the first time.
It’s interesting how these two pieces of literature can connect so well with each other even if they were both written during different time periods.

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