The Dark Night of the Soul Essay

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by Amber Kramer Summary Essay: The Dark Night of the Soul Richard E. Miller essay “The Dark Night of the Soul” to be an interesting way to think about reading and writing in today’s world. Richard uses the violence in the world to question if our educational system is relevant to keeping us safe and whether the power literature can be used to change the tragic event that happen around us every day. Richard begins with a few horrific events such as Columbine high school massacre. He makes us start to think about the motives behind the events. By talking about the possibility that the technological advances could be isolate us into our fantasies. He suggests that reading, writing and, discussing …show more content…
On the other hand Tull describes Barry’s novel as garbage that took no real talent, Although Barry’s readers love his work. Through the next few pages of the essay Amos describes Tulls hard work as pointless. Richard Miller then states an agreement with Amos’s theory that finding motivation for the crimes that are committed in book, and the ones done in the school yard are just irrelevant as the art literacy itself. To support this at the end Richard points out that Amos bring a sense of hopelessness: Whatever we do now will never have significance. In the third part of this essay Following the Word Richard takes us into Jon Krakuaer’s book “Into the Wild.” “Into the Wild” is about Chris McCandless journey into Alaska’s wild and his death there. Chris believed so deeply in the power of books. He devoted his life to them, and consequently it killed him. As Krakuaer believes books do have power the power to draw someone into their own fantasies. Krakuaer says “putting too much faith into an author without looking at the reality of the world around you could put people in danger.” This is interesting to me because that is basically what is being said about technology earlier in the essay. In the fourth section in the essay Richard is speaking of Rene Descartes’s “Meditations on the first philosophy.” Rene starts with another bleak outlook on writing. He asks the question “why bother reading and writing when the world is so obviously going to
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