Knowledge and Individual Power

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Knowledge and Individual power “Knowledge is Power” one of the most famous educational quotes to this day. Three poems, “Crazy Courage” by Alma Villanueva, “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes and “Much Madness is Divinest Sense” by Emily Dickinson, convey an idea or a certain knowledge that an individual possesses that is essential to a persons individual power. Though the three poems express the same ideas they express them through different methods. These ideas and methods that the three authors use all describe one piece of knowledge that gives a person great power which is the knowledge of a persons individuality and nonconformity. The claim that each of these three poems give is that the knowledge of ones individuality…show more content…
Hughes displays ethos in his poem by using the word 'I' to gain credibility with the teacher whom he is writing for. He uses 'I' in a strong sense that he is proud to be who he is and though he is different he just wants to be treated fairly. In the beginning of the poem he says, ”I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.”3 He starts to gain his credibility with this and then proceeds to go on telling the reader about his credibility, that he graduated high school, and that he is the only colored student in that college. The second appeal used is logos. The logos that he used is when he proceeds to compare the similarities between him and the teacher. He uses these appeals to persuade the teacher to treat him fairly even though he is a different color than he is. The main characters of each of these poems convey that to be an individual and to be different than the majority you can gain great self knowledge and incite. The passage from “Much Madness is Divinest Sense” says, “Much Madness is divinest Sense To a Discerning Eye.4” If you stay who you are and not give in to the majority you can gain see the world with clarity. To gain incite on oneself is the greatest power that an individual can posses. With this courage, wisdom and incite can obtained. Reference Page 1 James, Missy, and Alan Merickel. "Individuality and Community."

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