November 30, 2004

Deviously Devilish: Purely sarcasm or truth in a backwards manner?

I have taken a much different direction on the Devils Dictionary than most. I have stayed far away from feminism, a widely argued topic between some classmates, including Paul, Stephan, and Amanda. I have instead decided to focus on the actual truth behind the believed sarcastic entries Bierce writes.

What if everything Bierce has said is the hard cold truth in a backwards manner? In read some particular definitions, mainly sticking within the letter A, because there is way too many to write on, i have come to the conclusion that Bierce is stating the truth, his way of looking at it just differentiates from what otehr people think.

ABDOMEN, n.
The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence for the one deity that men really adore they know not. If woman had a free hand in the world's marketing the race would become graminivorous.

Lets take ABDOMEN for example"the temple of the God of the stomach" Lets look at it not so literally. A God is someone whom people listen to, look up to, base values on, etc. "The way to a mans heart is through his stomach" An old saying stating that men listen to their stomachs, let their stomachs do the talking.(That doesn't sound stereotypical towards woman at all, in fact, its more against men, oops im staying out of that discussion). This statement is simply the truth. Some people do run things by their stomachs, their stomach is their higher power. Odd, but to me, it makes sense. The truth, but simply a different way of looking at it.

ADMIRATION, n.
Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

ADMIRATION also strikes me as truth in an odd way. Do we ever really honestly recognize anyones abilities we aren't fond of? We may say"Oh that was nice, or "Good job" accompanied by a pretend pat on the back. Not necessarily resemblance to ourselves, but things that we relate to, and/or are interested in are the things we honestly acknowledge. In a twisted way, if you look at it and dig into it, these is merely a different version of the truth. Or, maybe i just have too much of an imagination.

Posted by Lori Rupert at November 30, 2004 08:10 PM
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