Literary Analysis



June26, 2014.


Menand women in search of a common ground by Wendell Berry

Individualscan utilize and exploit potential by being productive within theconfines of their definition as an individual and in the community.Despite the bondage and pressure that comes with the demands of thecommunity, it is within the confines of this community ties thatindividuals can realize their full potential, true happiness and joyof freedom. It takes commitments, faithfulness and endurance torealize this. No one can realize his or her full potential,happiness, freedom and access to opportunities in isolation.


WendellBerry. 1998. Men and women in search of a common ground. Retrieved onJuly 26, 2014…/berry-wendell-_think-little.pdf


NancyMairs, 1986. On being a cripple.Retrievedon July 26, 2014 from

Thearticle is about individual appreciation despite been disabled. Theauthor appears to be appealing to all individuals who feel disabledto accept their condition and see themselves as normal human beings.In particular, the author demystifies the notion that cripples arenot capable of achieving great things in life.

LiniS. Kadaba, (2009). What is in the name? History, Change. Retrieved onJuly 26, 2014 from

Thearticle focuses on the significance attached to names and culture.The author argues that, the meaning attached to individual’s nameshas a great power and influence. Names mean different things andoften elicit both negative and positive memories about certainindividuals or things that influenced people in many ways.

BrentStaples: 1994. Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability toAlter Public Space.Retrievedon July 26, 2014 from

Theauthor humorously talks about his various attempts to alter publicspace. Brent recounts about harrowing scenarios in which nighttimewalkers and stalkers who found delight in frightening andintimidating people in urban American cities. In addition, theauthor talks the black men problem in United states where there aresometimes mistaken for criminals and arrested. The fascinating thingabout the article is how the author explains how he changed afterbeen roughed up by people and police.

Beathard,Ron. 1996. ‘Over 40 and Unmarried: Single Men are widelymisunderstood.’Retrievedon July 26, 2014 from

Inthe article, the author is musing about the discrimination unmarriedmen face after they turn 40 years. Beathard does not understand whysingle men at 40 are misunderstood. He says that, neither, althoughthe number of single men is great, the society seems to haveforgotten them.

DeborahTannen, 1990. Sex, lies and conversation. The Washington Post.Retrieved on July 26, 2014 from…/wri-101-sex-lies-and-conversation-why-is-it-so-hard-forr-men-and-women-to-talk-to-each-other

Inthis article, the author explains how conversations are differentbetween men and women in relationships. Most women want men to betheir conversation partners, but men do not hold this perception. Inaddition, the author observes that, even during childhoodcommunications between men and women are different. While women useconversations to create intimate relationships, men on the otherhand, are aloof in communications and do not like intimateconversations.

DeborahBlum, 1999. What’s the difference Between Boys and Girls? Lifemagazine. Retrieved on July 26, 2014…/whats-difference-between-boys-and-girls.html

Thearticle argues that there exist internal biological differencesbetween genders in the way of thinking and behaviors. Thesedifferences arise from the biological difference in nature betweengirls and boys. In the same line, culture is significant indelineating these differences. The author asserts that, parents havean influential role in shaping children view on gender.

Wendell Berry. 1998. Men andwomen in search of a common ground. Retrieved on July 26, 2014…/berry-wendell-_think-little.pdf

Thearticle is about how individuals try to look for common ground in thecontext of community and family demands. The writer observes that,individuals are faced with great community pressure that may drivethem away. Despite these pressures and demands, individuals shouldstrive to endure and remain committed to the community. The writerargues that, it is only in the community that an individual canrealize full potential, joy, freedom and happiness.


Inthe contemporary society, been unmarried and over 40 years is viewedsuspiciously. Many associate such individuals into been gay orlesbians. Rationally, it was hand for individuals to attain such agewithout the community pressing them to get married. However, thereare many cases of unwed bachelors and maids. Unmarried men above 40are referred to as senior bachelors and maids for women. Such peopleat the age of 40 and unmarried are seen as failures, losers or‘commitment phoebes.’ Just as in the olden times unmarried peopleface several forms or discrimination even from fellow family members,friends and even their dates. Today, unmarried people are seen asfailures and not able to commit to responsibilities while others seethem as players or damaged goods.


Beathard,Ron. 1996. ‘Over 40 and Unmarried: Single Men are widelymisunderstood.’ Retrieved on July 26, 2014 from


Dr.Martin Luther King ‘… the center of nonviolence stands theprinciple of love.’

Thesewere sentiments uttered by the American black civic and clergy leaderDr. Martin Luther King. In particular, he was appealing to hisfollowers to love their oppressors not through the emotional love butby the agape love. Agape love is different from philia and eros. Itis love that is not affectionate or sentimental but based on anunderstanding of the goodwill to all men. Agape love seeks nothing inreturn and people love others, not because their attitudes appealsbut because loving is doing Gods will. The underlying message wasthat love should be extended to evil people not that their deeds aregood but because loving them is the divine thing to do whilecondemning their evils. The call for nonviolent was based on thebelief in future justice would prevail. In short, it is faith, loveand endurance that bring tolerance in the face of oppression (King,121).


KingMartin L. “Nonviolence and Racial Justice.” Jr. Papers Project.1957. Retrieved on July 26, 2014 from