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S.E.X.

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"Drives you crazy, doesn't it? When they're writing about other things, they really mean sex, and when they write about sex, they really mean something else.  If they write about sex and mean strictly sex, we have a word for that. Pornography."  -page 144, chapter 17

When I hear the word pornography, my first reaction is: ew.  But why does sex always have to be a bad thing when it's just sex? If the sex is symbolic of something then it's obviously okay. I'm not sure why though. It has always been a natural occurrence ever since the first humans got together.  Also, if something is written that is meant to be symbolic of sex, then why isn't that considered bad? People these days I have noticed are completely accepting of sex or completely against sex.  Again, I'm not sure why there can't be a happy medium. 

Outside History...

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"I suppose sometimes a man has to plunge outside history..." (pg. 377)

This quote without a doubt stood out to me but I couldn't figure out what the author was trying to say.  What did he mean by "plunging outside history?"  I didn't know so I googled it and this is what I found...

"Ellison uses the question of existence "outside" history as a vehicle to show that identity cannot exist in a vacuum, but must be shaped in response to others. To live outside history is to be invisible, ignored by the writers of history..."  -Dena Trugman

Now it made sense.  Like Trugman says, to live outside history is to be invisible.  Aha! Ancestors of not only Americans but of other countries' as well, have plenty of untold stories because they were never in the limelight of any kind of historical even.  What if something happened to someone that changed the world as we know it but never wrote it down? They are "invisible," are they not?  The more I read into the interpretation of Trugman, the more I like this quote.

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