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So I'm submitting an essay and the beginning area/ topic I need to explore is:

" Quite a lot of contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of the limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old" (Williams. R)

I need to create an essay surrounding this topic or quote or around this quote.

Any ideas what I could talk about or mention?

So far I've got bullying, growing old and anger.

Anything else???

Thank you in advance:-)
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(Original post by Ariel2611)
So I'm submitting an essay and the beginning area/ topic I need to explore is:

" Quite a lot of contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of the limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old" (Williams. R)

I need to create an essay surrounding this topic or quote or around this quote.

Any ideas what I could talk about or mention?

So far I've got bullying, growing old and anger.

Anything else???

Thank you in advance:-)

Ok, I'd dispute the thesis you have been given and state that these are not contemporary concerns but universal ones.

The passage of time/growing old is a concern you can see in novels such as "the great gatsby"; "catcher in the rye"; "the prime of miss jean brodie"; "the child in time" - as well as all manner of contemporary fiction.

You can see this as a theme in poetry too, whether it is in eulogy, or love poetry such as "to his coy mistress" or Yeats lamenting "that is no country for old men..." in "Sailing to Byzantium". Likewise in drama.

We are concerned with our own mortality, ergo we express this through art. we have a deep awareness of our limitations, yes, but we often see in tragedy, that it is a refutal of this which proves to be the protagonist's downfall.

This is an incredibly broad subject, so I would start with some key texts as a way of narrowing down the subject.
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Definitely through in some nietsche...and go from there.

School of life youtube - envy (nietsche)
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I don't know any of what you are talking about novel wise LOL
could I talk about bullying etc?

Thank you so much for your replies!
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I don't know any of what you are talking about novel wise LOL
could I talk about bullying etc?

Thank you so much for your replies!

That's Ok - there are plenty of other novels, poems and plays which have similar themes. I'd suggest you do a bit of research, and focus on some texts which you are familiar with, and can quote from, in order to back up your arguments.

I'm not sure that bullying is really relevant here.
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