Knowledge and Individual Power
A known famous quote is that “Knowledge is Power” and all the three literary works illustrate just how powerful an individual deems himself to be when he has the knowledge and deep understanding of self, the surrounding and even science.
To start with, in “The Birthmark”, Aylmer is a scientist who is greatly knowledgeable in every branch of philosophy. It is with this knowledge that Aylmer believes that within him is great power to create new worlds for himself. He believes in his power to correct nature’s imperfection as indicated by his desire to perfect his wife by riding her of her hand-like birthmark. Doubt not my power—thought that might almost have enlightened me to create a being less perfect than yourself (Hawthorne 2). Aylmer intimated that he had the power to create a dose that could prolong human life, even by years and maybe even endlessly.
“Crazy Courage” also shows that a person is not afraid to show who they are, regardless of the acceptability, by being confident and having pride. Once an individual has knowledge of the self, then they have the power to be anything they wish and would like to be as illustrated by the man that dresses as a woman. It could illustrate the sensitive theme of sexuality. Michael displays individual power he has by being able to struggle to survive in the world where people look down upon you or think of you as a weird being. His individual strength is what he has. He exposes his real self to those who would love him and to those that would kill him. He fears not.
“Much Madness is divinest sense” is more or less a paradox claiming that often, an individual displaying insanity is usually the one with most understanding. The writer reminds us that usually i...
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...knowledge, there are limitations. Aylmer thought himself mighty enough to make world changes, and that could interfere with God’s work, and perfect it. He was wrong to think himself a creator. Aylmer should have had in mind that even with his vast knowledge, nature and its works were beyond his control and understanding. Knowledge did not give Aylmer power over all. His knowledge did not make him God. It is without doubt that much madness is divinest sense as illustrated by the poem. Those that seem crazy often at times have so much knowledge than they that look totally sane. In their confusion is a ball of understanding, though not understandable to the rest. Even in the narrative of “Crazy Courage”, when a person is aware of who they truly are, they have power over themselves. They can be who they are on the inside regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.
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