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What should I make of this essay?

 
 
Reply Sun 26 Feb, 2012 09:44 pm
Informal logic class. Student writing in response to critical thinking and ethics:

Hendrix was a god. His licks were as quickly and perfectly placed as posts of lighting, his performances were something to behold, and his clothes were as wild as Dylan’s. He kissed “the sky” and “this guy” at the same time, and his “excuse” was only as colorfully vague as the meaning of Purple Haze itself. His genius was that he blurred the lines between questionable and acceptable, or at the very least, our perceptions of these lines. While it is easy to see that Jimi Hendrix is a bit of an enigma, his greatness remains debatable to some. Therefore, behold the Star Spangled Banner, and the reason Jimi Hendrix played it.
The year is 1969. By the time you see Hendrix walk on, the stage is already set; and it is necessarily so, by mixed emotions. With his left hand, he wiggles out the first few notes. At the same time, with his right, he turns a tuning-key toward the audience. The guitar begins and you remember the first few words to a song you already know.
You look closer to the performer for some clue. On stage is nothing but a man with a guitar. You wonder about what might be behind him. What could be causing this noise? You look and look and all you see is Hendrix and a guitar. He looks puny.
“…Seeeee,” his guitar sings out. “…See?” Not a few seconds into the song, you begin to sense something. It’s not in the pitch or the words of the melody. You wonder if it might be in his tremolo. Is it a broken heart? It gives that liberating feeling that you get right before tears. Somehow, though, it just doesn’t last long enough to be broken. The only thing you know is the song.
You look, again, to the performer. On stage, again, is nothing more than a man with a guitar. You wonder, again, about what might be behind him. There has to be something you can’t see. You look and look, but all that you see is Hendrix. He looks puny.
“…O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly….” You feel something powerful as you connect melody and meaning. This feeling is different than before, because it resembles certainty. That “gallantly” must be sarcasm. His playing is so lyrical that you think you know for sure. You then wonder if this song might have a different meaning.
Just then, for a split second, you think you see something else on stage. You look closer, but still nothing but a man with a guitar. You wonder if this thing ducked behind him. There must be something you can’t see. You look and look, but all you see is Jimi. He just looks so puny.
You both look at his fingers as they squirm out “through the perilous fight.” You ponder the idea and ask, “Weren’t we here already?” Suddenly, no more rules. Suddenly, you realize that you don’t remember the words to the rest of the song and that you no longer care that you never cared about the words to the song and that you knew this was going to happen right from
the start and that it doesn’t matter because everyone knows that this is what needs to be said. Then you finally see what must be happening. There must be this monster or beast making this immovable noise. It must be huge and have the face of a dragon and speak only in growly guitar and fiery distortion and raw emotion and dissonance and harmony. You must speak its language.
Jimi Hendrix gave an explicit answer to the question at hand, one month after Woodstock. "I don't know man, all I did was play it. I'm American so I played it. I used to have to sing it in school, they made me sing it in school, so, it's a flashback.”
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MrsVISHOUS2012
 
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Reply Sun 26 Feb, 2012 10:51 pm
@demonhunter,
Very Happy Awesome.
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fresco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 01:04 am
@demonhunter,
The core material is good. What it lacks is an introduction which defines the key elements of "critical thinking", and a summary which shows how different points have specifically satisfied those elements.
Moddaw
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 01:47 am
its a gud work of art howeva i think its not related to critical thinkin, feel me?
demonhunter
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 11:03 am
@fresco,
I appreciate your honesty. Could I argue that while specific critical thinking skills are not mentioned, they are demonstrated?
demonhunter
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 11:15 am
@Moddaw,
It is a good work of art. However, it is related to critical thinking. I appreciate your feedback, though, and consider it completely legit.
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fresco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 12:27 pm
@demonhunter,
Yes they are demonstrated but the scenario is limited. Can the student extrapolate from "the flag" issue to the general questioning of say "the ethics of Nationalism"? That is surely one unmentioned subtext.
demonhunter
 
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Reply Mon 27 Feb, 2012 02:19 pm
@fresco,
I like the flag idea.
demonhunter
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2012 05:54 pm
@demonhunter,
Oh my. I can't believe I forgot to provide a key for the allegory. My oh my.

Psalm 18, the whole darn thing, is the key to the symbolism.
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MoralPhilosopher23
 
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Reply Sat 25 Aug, 2012 07:02 am
@demonhunter,
That was an interesting essay and it involved a-lot of suspense which made it all the more enjoyable. Especially to me because I am a Hendrix fan as well as a Dylan fan. The only advice that I have for you is to introduce the topic more rather than just jumping into it.

Overall though, I enjoyed your writing.
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