November 21, 2004

Lighten Up!

The Devil's Dictionary was impossible to read without laughing. I think that it was funny - it was very rude at times but I could not take it personally even if I wanted to. For instance the definition of Wedding - A ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable. I found that just delightful. Another good word was Woman, An animal usually living in the vicinity of Man, and having a rudimentary sceptibility to domestication...The woman is lithe and graceful in its movement, especially the American variety (felis pugnans), is omnivorous and can be taught not to talk. I mean for him to write things like this - you have to know that he is nuts and not take him seriously.

I can definitely see how people can get their feelings hurt by reading such harsh definitions for his interpretations of the words meanings, but I just think that his definitions are so off the wall that it is amusing. There was no peronal hatred towards any group which is why I think it should be dismissed. Read it for fun, he made fun of everything and anyone so it should not be interpreted as Bierce is a women hater or man hater. He basically hates everyone and doesn't care who knows. I think it would be delightful to sit down with him and actually have a discussion with him because he would be absolutely off the wall, but in a good way! I think people should be a lot less uptight when reading this because I think he just wrote it to cause a great commotion and I guess it did- We're still assigned to be reading it!

Posted by GinaBurgese at November 21, 2004 01:41 PM
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