November 18, 2004

Believe It or Not

The Devilís Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce was something I would have never really seen myself reading, if we werenít required to read it. I struggled to remember some of the definitions that I did not find interesting. The only words that I remembered were the ones that stood out for me and the definitions that were funny. After reading the Devilís Dictionary, I wondered why Ambrose wrote it. Perhaps it was, because of the things that were happening in society at the time. It might have also been because he wanted society to realize the meaning of words that were used in society. Some words could have also displayed how society/men looked at females back then.
All in all, I found it interesting to have found out that Ambrose Bierce did not want the name the Devilís Dictionary he wanted to title The Cynicís Word Book. However, I agreed with Amandaís presentation that Bierce ďpokedĒ fun at women. Some of the words in her presentation that she found negative, I also found negative. When reading the text, I thought Bierce was going to continue making fun towards women. After reading this text for a long time, the humor started getting boring and not interesting. I then started saying to myself, how in the world Iím going to remember all these words and I am getting so bored. However, I tried my best and I think that is all we can do.

Posted by Se-AnnWilliams at November 18, 2004 09:58 PM

Its a darn good thing we didn't take an exam on this - I would have surely flunked!

I thought that for the most part, some of the definitions were clever and witty. Yeah some of them were offensive and could rattle the feminists but for the most part I don't think that this "dictionary" should be necessarily read literally.

I mean come one! Some of those were darn funny, and I bet it was a great way for Bierce to relieve some tension and personal bias.

Posted by: Renee at December 1, 2004 02:09 PM
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