Robert Bly 's Influence On American Literature

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Poet and storyteller Robert Bly, considerable influence on American literature, in this excerpt from The Sibling Society (1996), Bly argues and states about change of our society and starts the interesting introduction in a strange way with hidden meanings to lead to his point of what it really means to be an adult in the modern society. This passage is not completely a book as whole and was put together partially for college student to read the main focus point of the author. Bly makes points back and forth in his essay of in the between “paternalistic” society and the “sibling” society that he observed and argues the differences. He blames the first generation because of their disrespect of authority to let down in traditional values that failed to provide a moral compass for the young. The strong point of this book is his description of a disturbing development in modern society that denies to become a fully adult. Admiration for elders has disappeared and forgotten, tradition has worn out, and families are being ignored. Writer Bly, talks about during his generation, paternal society, being uniformity and how they “had an elaborate and internally consistent form” (250) during paternal society, kids learned how to talk to the adults, to be respectful and responsible at school yet, they still asked for their authority when to make decisions. He says hundred years ago men and women in photograph express in a way “We’re adults. There’s nothing we can do about it.” (250)
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