Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English
The Emptied Self – Synthesis Question
American Literature moves from the Ghost to the Nobody fairly quick. Why?
This may feel like a bit of a stretch, but read this article (The Nike Myth) and ask yourself, “Who determines truth?” In this day and age, we are bombarded with images and sayings (Just Do It, LiveStrong, Is It In You?), and we adopt them as our own — as mottos, as creeds.
What happens when all we believe in falls apart, and how does the world set up the false expectations? These poems are the end result of such a process. It may not have been Nike that told them what to think, but they looked out their window, saw a world they did not understand, and asked, “Who am I, after all?”
Where does the Nobody come from?
Respond using Climax (Device 16) and Parenthesis (Device 20) – In Caps!