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ENGL 100 Lecture Notes - Kickball, Quatrain, Villanelle


Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 100
Professor
Laura Murray

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791-1799)
The autobiography begins as Benjamin Franklin is giving advice to his son.
Benjamin Franklin is writing of his “well-lived” life for future generations
Quotations for Self-Mockery and Vanity:
“Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred,
to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having
gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing
means I made use of, which with the blessing of God so well succeeded, my
posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own
situations, and therefore fit to be imitated.” B. Franklin is writing with a
purpose to retell his life for future generations; his life is worth imitation
“That felicity, when I reflected on it, has induced me sometimes to say, that were
it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life
from its beginning
“The next thing most like living one’s life over again seems to be recollection of
that life to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in
writing”
“By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be grown old. I used to write
more methodically. But one does not dress for private company as for a publick
ball. 'Tis perhaps only negligence.”
“I have been the more particular in this description of my journey and shall be so
of my first entry into that city, that you may in your mind compare such unlikely
beginnings with the figure I have since made there
“I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men to be talking of themselves
and their own past actions; and I shall indulge it without being tiresome to others,
who, through respect to age, might conceive themselves obliged to give me a
hearing”
One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
Uses visual representation for grime topics, thus making it easier for the readers to
get into the story without the emotional burden
Presents memories in distorted ways; the non-chronological order of events makes
the entire book more relatable because that is how we remember the stories of our
lives
Today’s Demon: Resilience (page 63)
Allusion to sexual assault “you can’t forget it but you do remember never to
remember it, the time when the shattering into pieces became a way of life”
“When I was still little, bad things had gone on, things too awful to remember but
impossible to forget. When you put something out of your mind, where does it
go?”
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