Literary Criticism

This site contains my work during the course of English 300 at Montana State University-Bozeman in the Autumn of 2004.


I am a senior at Montana State University working for a degree in history with a teaching option and also a minor in English. Currently I am working with the students at Bridger Alternative here in town and I am loving every minute of it. I can't wait to get out into the field and teach.

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Touchstone: Also Known as a Consoling Passage

My Touchstone is an anonymous quote. Some would consider it sappy, yet for me it provides an important message for all of us in how to make our lives better. Maybe if we could accomplish being happy by using these simple means; we wouldn't feel the need to be such a self-serving society and instead attempt to live in harmony with people of different cultures, races and religions. This quote means all of that to me and much more:
"Love is the sunshine of the soul.
Without it we get hard and sour, and we never grow into what we could be.
Love sweetens the bitterness of experience and softens the core of selfishness
that is inherent in human nature."
In other words, we need to ripen like fruit.


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