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An Essay on Man, by Alexander Pope


            Alexander Pope did not reign to his popularity as a writer for no reason. His first major work as a writer and poet, which was “An Essay on Man,” put Pope on the map as a head figure in the literary world at the time. This poem struck the attention of a lot of people who appreciated good literacy because many were and still are able to relate to this piece of work. “An Essay on Man,” is a statement by Pope on his opinion of how he perceives mankind, and how mankind perceives nature and God.

            The poem, “An Essay on Man,” starts with acknowledgement of mankind’s two most diminishing vices: pride and ignorance. Pope states, “That we can judge only with regard to our own system, being ignorant of the relations of systems and things.” This, in another way of putting it, is stating that mankind’s ignorance makes us blind to how our actions affect the things around us. We fail to consider the consequences that will affect others when we act only for our own self gain. This vice of mankind is again expressed when Pope states, “The impiety of putting himself in the place of God, and judging of the fitness or unfitness, perfection or imperfection.” Again, Pope clearly is saying how man’s pride makes us ignorant in the fact that at times we think that we have omnipotent power over nature. Because of our pride, we become ignorant; and because of our ignorance, we tend to believe that our actions are best, even though they are usually always containing negative affects to the things around us.

            Pope also touches base on how mankind fails to acknowledge our downfalls due to our own actions. Instead, Pope implies that we tend to blame others for the consequences of our actions. He states, “Destroy all Creatures for thy sport or gust, yet cry, If Man’s unhappy, God’s unjust.” Here, Pope goes into more detail rightfully stating that when things do not work out in our favor, most likely due to our own actions, we tend to blame God for our misfortunes. Moreover, Pope also explains what happens when our consequential actions affect the course of nature. He states, “From Nature’s chain whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike.” In other words, a chain reaction occurs to every action we make. The consequences of our actions are ultimately endless, since nature acts as a chain.

            To conclude, our moral educator should be heard by everyone. Alexander Pope is not wrong to write this text. Most would agree with what Pope is trying to express, yet, many fail to do anything about it. Why does mankind continue to allow our two greatest vices affect the decisions we make? The answer is quite simple. Mankind fails to look at how our actions will affect those around us. This is simply because our pride only allows man to think only in a tunnel vision. Consequently, this makes mankind ignorant. If mankind would pay attention to detail rather than the whole, nature would be better off.  This is said best when Pope states, “Why has not Man a microscopic eye? For this plain reason, Man is not to Fly.”

            Ignorance is bliss. However, actions made through ignorance has consequences. And it is never just one event that occurs, it is always a chain reaction, because that is how nature works according to Pope. Because of this, mankind should never get confused about who should be in control nature. Best put, “If plagues or earthquakes break not Heaven’s design, Why then a Borgia, or a Catiline?”

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Alexander Pope, “Essay on Man”

1.  Pope describes the purpose of his poem as “to vindicate the ways of God to man.”  What do you think he means by this?

2. Choose one metaphor that Pope uses to describe the universe and explain its significance.

3.  What would it mean to believe that “whatever is, is right?”  How would that affect one’s outlook or behavior?

4.  According to Pope, what place do human beings have in the universe in relation to other creatures?

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Stephen Deng response to “Bewitched” by Ueda Akinari (text to self)

The short story “Bewitched” by Ueda Akinari tells the sotry of a man who falls in love with a devil in the form of a woman. The story begins with a summary of the family which is when our main character Toyo-o is introduced. he is described as ” a handsome youth with a. predilection for learning and cultural pursuits, typical of life in Kyoto, the nations capital”. The story then progresses to a sudden rainstorm to which our main character has found himself in the center of. After entering an old Fishermans home and steeling for a little bit our antagonist enters the picture who goes by the name “Manago” alone with her maid “Maroya”. He quickly falls for her and gives her his umbrella when she leaves and say that he will pick it up another day. later that night he has a dream that upon entering her home he is treated to food and wine and after getting drunk he lays down beside her and begins to chat to which his dream ends. But after searching all morning and into the afternoon he if left disappointed until he spots Maroya coming towards him he asks her to take him to Managos home to get his umbrella. Reaching the house Toyo-o ” saw that the front gate and the house were huge indeed. The shutters and bamboo blind were just as impressive as he imagined in his dream.”. Meaning everything he dreamed was there. Manago comes out and offers Toyo-o food and wine just like he imagined. After eating and drinking Manago says to Toyo-o to marry her. After saying that he cannot due to the fact that he is still reliant on his parents and older brother. She then gives him. a sword that belonged to her husband. Later we find out that the sword is really one of the many offerings to the gods tat were stolen. After being arrested he convinces the samurai to bring his to the house only to find it the complete opposite of what it looked like the first time he went there this time its old and dilapidated. in addition he learns that the names that she has given are all false there has been nobody living in the home for years now. upon entering the home they see what they believe is a girl but when they approach her a loud clap of thunder shocks them the she is gone. Then they saw all of the stolen goods. later on he is able to get rid of Manago but it takes the form of another girl named Tomiko. they are eventually able to kill both the serpent and unfortunately the girl as well. this story relates to a past experience I have had. I believe the moral of the story is its easy to get into negative things but hard to get out. over the last year I have fallen in to collecting musical albums from my favorite artists. this would turn out to be a bad thing because I just started to buy one album every month or several months in-between. however has new artists emerged I began to like them and would buy whatever was new. It was very hard to get rid of and at times it seemed like I had gotten over it but due to the sudden emergence of money around holidays I would spend all of my money on them much like how Toyo-o was convinced to take Manago back. There were times in the school year where I sacrificed my weekly budget for food for albums. it went on to the point where I was spending hundreds of dollars a month on albums alone. Eventually I was able to stop for a month or two controlling my desires by not looking at the new music videos released by the artists but a sudden emergence of a new artists restarted my album buying. by this time it was about three fourths through the school year and over a thousand dollars on albums alone. After the school year ended I still didn’t stop buying albums. It was only when our family trip to Asia when my thirst was satisfied. my anger for albums were satisfied but at an extreme costs, the way I ended me desire to buy albums was to buy all of them from every artist that I liked. After spending an absurd amount of money it was all over much like the ending of the story where the serpent and the girl died. another moral of the story I believe is that if it’s too good to be true it probably is. An experience that I had in the past was a scam in which I unknowingly participated in. This scam also took place in Asia. When I went shopping I found a few items of clothing that I liked and I asked the shop owner how much it was in English. She then took out a calculator and gave me an absurd price but then lowered it to much lower then I bought it. But after doing some research I found out it was much less then I bought it for the that one of the common scams of china is for them to start off with an absurd price and jack it down but a price which will overcharges you even more so if you are caught speaking English. From these experiences I learned the valuable lessons of if its too good to be true it probably is and its easy to be caught up in negative things but hard to get out.

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Akinari, “Bewitched”

1. Why do you think Toyo-o continues to be involved with Manago even after he suspects that she is a demon of some sort?
2. Why do you think people (both in the 18th century, when Akinari was writing, and in our own day) are attracted to ghost stories or tales of the supernatural?
3. Does “Bewitched” have anything to teach its readers? If so, what? What is Akinari’s message in this text?
4. The text describes Manago as”bewitchingly voluptuous.” What does the character of Manago tell us about feminine beauty?

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Hi, my name is James Pesahov. I am currently a sophomore here at Baruch, and still have no clue what career I would like to pursue. This is a bit frightening considering I have less then a year to really figure out what career I would really like to follow.  I was born in Brooklyn, New York and have lived my whole life there, without ever traveling to the eastern hemisphere until this past summer. I traveled to Israel and Cyprus which really encouraged me to want to travel and explore different parts to the world. Looking at next summer,  I would love to backpack across Europe with a few friends, living in hostels, eating street food, and really immerse myself in the different cultures that I experience.

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My name is Dayanna Burgos and I am currently in my junior year. I recently transferred to Baruch from St. John’s University, and I cannot be more happier with my decision. My entire life I have lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, and I absolutely love it. I am exposed to so much diversity in this neighborhood so I definitely recommend visiting. My plan for this year is to declare my major in Marketing with a minor in communications. However, aside from school I am also a ballroom dancer, which has been one of my passions ever since I was a child. By being involved in school and dance it makes me aware that I have to work hard to see the results that I want.

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My name is Eden Hakim. I am a sophomore here at Baruch. I was born and raised on Long Island. Being from New Y0rk but not from the city I’ve never truly felt vested in the New Yorker persona until I started attending Baruch. Embarking on daily walks, train rides, and subway experiences have made my life a bit more interesting. During the day I am absorbing the city life and at night I return to the comfort of the suburbs.

On my free time I enjoy drawing, creative writing, reading romance novels, going to the gym and spending quality time with family and friends. I have a thing for weddings and love attending them, coming from a middle eastern background weddings are always super spicy and fun. I speak English and Hebrew fluently. My family is Israeli, Persian, and Moroccan so I’m always surrounded by lots of exotic food, loud music, and super warm and energetic company. I am especially interested in traveling, experiencing new cultures, people, food, and music. If you take a look at my music playlist it is filled with all different languages, I have learned to sing along to the songs but have no clue as to the meaning of the lyrics.

Over the summer I worked at a Law Firm on Wall Street and am considering the path of law school, however; I am a true artist at heart and am not willing to put my passion aside. Every bone in body screams creativity, I am a thinker and a maker. I have an art account on Instagram called ‘edendraws’. I am trying to grow my art as a business on the side and the plan is to pursue law as a safety net and for security. I’m hoping to live the best of both worlds.

All in all, I am looking forward to a bright and inspiring school year. I am eager to see what this year has in store and work at further developing myself academically and in every other aspect in life. 🙂

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Moliere, Tartuffe

— Discuss the theme of appearances or masks in Tartuffe? How does the issue of appearances vs. reality connect with the central concerns of the play?

— Discuss the role of Dorine, Mariane’s lady maid. What kind of servant is she? What role does she play in the action of the drama?

— How is the institution of marriage treated in Tartuffe? What are some of the models or ideals of marriage that are raised by Moliere or his characters?

— Describe the character of Orgon. Why do you think he’s so vulnerable to Tartuffe?

— Can you think of a contemporary example of the kind of religious hypocrisy exemplified in Tartuffe?

— Describe one aspect of the play that seems very modern to you and one that seems very dated or old-fashioned.

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Hi everyone, my name is Brian Park, a transfer student from New Jersey. My previous school was Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey; I had obtained a degree in Associates of Science. I chose to enroll at Baruch college because there are more opportunities to find a great job/career in New York as supposed to the opportunities in New Jersey. I am currently a junior at Baruch college, and I will be pursuing a Bachelors in Computer Information System in the Zicklin Business School. All you need to really know is that I love/enjoy exercising whether it is playing sports or lifting weights in the gym. I am just an active person that also likes to be simplistic. Overall, I am taking this Great Works of Literature II because it is a required course at Baruch College.

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Introduction Assignment: Edward Sorrentino

Hello everyone, my name is Edward Sorrentino. I was born and raised in Suffolk County, New York. I am fortunate enough to have attended catholic school my entire life, so attending a public college like Baruch was definitely a change in pace. I am also great full to say that I come from a very loving family, with my house including three generations. My family is the most important influence in my life. In my opinion, family is really the only thing we have when we really think about it.


The second most important influence in my life is my place of work. Again, I am very great full to have a job at an investment banking firm. There, I am able to grow and learn off my mentors, who have taught me so much all ready. Sure, the hours are long and the work is demanding. However, I understand the concept that nothing in life comes easy, and only hard work and dedication will take you there. That being said, I plan on earning a degree in accountancy, which to me, is the backbone of the finance world.


As I said before, I come from Suffolk County, which is located on Long Island. I attended St. Anthony’s High School where I was fortunate enough to compete in sports such as football and rugby. However, due to injury, my sports career came to an end after graduation. I did indeed aspire to play at the collegian level, nonetheless injury halted my aspirations. Competing in sports such as football and rugby during my time as a high schooler taught me so much more than just knowing how to throw a ball or tackle a rugger. Since I was able to participate at those two very competitive sports, I was able to learn one simple concept: the being that nothing in life comes easy. I am great full to have learned this idea at such a young age. I aspire to use this knowledge and apply it to my future academic career. I understand that as long as I work hard and continue to work hard, good things will happen in the near future. For now, I will continue to read the great works of Feng Menglong and I am sure many others just like him.

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