Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. -Frederick Douglass
In our discussions of power, a few points came up consistently:
-Power, or control, comes in forms ranging from physical
force to money to personality to political control
-It seems to be an unavoidable aspect of
human relationships: there is always a power relation
-Human beings may have a natural instinct for power,
or "will to power," that pushes us to compete
-We can divide power into positive/creative/selfless
and negative/oppressive/selfish types
-The Puritans turned into exactly the kind of oppressive
power they initially resisted and finally fled
Now I'd like you guys to extend this discussion into the subject of resistance to power. Each of the summer reading novels features a character who embodies this resistance, be it Montag, Clarisse, V, McMurphy or Linda, and you'll be seeing many more excellent examples in The Crucible; American literature is full of them. I'd like you to think a bit about these characters, our discussions, and the quote above, then answer any of the questions below that intrigue you in an opening post.
What is it about these kinds of characters that attracts our interest and admiration? Is resistance something to celebrate or criticize? What is the morality of resistance - in other words, what justifies it? Does it need to be justified? Is resistance just one's own will to power clashing with another's? What are some examples of resistance, in your life and in the world, and how can we evaluate them? Finally, is there a connection between love and resistance? creativity and resistance? writing and resistance?
(Required post = 1 paragraph, 1 quote, 20 pts. Required response 5 pts. Additional responses +5 max).
Mr. Justin Biggs