Another of Mason’s claim about Whitehead’s work is that his writing is “seduced by surface appeal,” and rooted in superficial claims. Wyatt’s example of this alleged surface level can be found in an essay entitled ”Rain,” where the loss of an umbrella is compared to the loss of real life articles. The critic believes that loss is should be represented as “unforgettable…like finding one’s friend in a bathtub full of blood,” But loss isn’t always that drastic. Treating all loss as this unforgettable weight the critic is suggesting, only leads to burdens on a person’s psyche. In some cases small encounters can lead to larger realizations. This quality makes t...
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...to these questions I thought about his upbringing and how that could 've possibly sparked an interest in the lives of everyday New Yorkers. Upon further research I found that Whitehead was born and raised in Manhattan. He was educated at, the Trinity School, one of the finest private schools in the country, and later went on to attend Harvard. Whitehead could have felt like his view of people was narrow because of who he was surrounded by throughout his life . None of the characters in Whitehead’s essays are described as looking seemingly affluent or as being of any significant importance and all of the essays consist of observations made in public places. I can infer that maybe he was interested in the people he didn’t see in school. The normal everyday person who weren 't Ivy League bred and educated who he only saw in passing on his way to school.
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