Rhetorical Outline “Labyrinthine” by Bernard Cooper. Par. Brief description of what the author is doing. OneSentence Distillation of What the. Author is Saying. Bernard Cooper, “Labyrinthine” (). God help Bernard Cooper if this is how he felt at In the last paragraph of Labyrinthine—a shortish essay in which. That was how Bernard Cooper ended his insightful and thought-provoking essay “Labyrinthine.” Those words haunt me to this very day.

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The first section, which operates in assertions, is roughly three bernarv the length of the second, which is concerned with unanswerable questions.

God help Bernard Cooper if this is how he felt at Cooper, therefore, employs this sentence to call into question the validity of all of that.

Lets work our way through it, starting with that first, longer, assertive section—the one before the semicolon. It could seem that Cooper is undermining his authorial integrity by suggesting that we cannot trust him. But I cannot see beneath their surface. It could be counseled to better adhere to the straight-laced, tidy structure of its cousins.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The verb, wedgedimmediately jumps out. And, just one generation back, all three share befnard same ancestor: The third phrase in the list is related to these two as well, but in more of a cousinly way. Bernard Cooper and the Essayistic Sentence So sure, the phrase could be adjusted to fit in.

But if switched out of the passive structure, this phrase puts the focus on Cooper. By suggesting that maybe we cannot trust him, Cooper is actually being incredibly fair coiper his reader.


They are of such simple disposition and sweet demeanor. It becomes a challenge to know whether anything in this essay is for certain, which then verifies its entire premise—that the ever-growing complications of life only lead to feeling increasingly lost and less assured.

There is a silent framework within that phrase, which, when unmuted, reads as: I have no way of knowing what is really going on inside of this person on the street, or the next one I will pass.

Labyronthine word carries connotations of force and imposition, suggesting another way in which the writer is a victim of external powers. Most hindering, though, is his perception of the outside world as a labyrinhhine to his own way of life. Max Rubin is the winner of the Essay Review Prize. It does not share the immediate familial similarities. After the semicolon, the sentence shifts focus.

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Where are they going? Again, this is an essay about the continually accumulating and confounding corridors of human life. But perhaps he was designed that way for a reason. As readers, unable to make sense of what is even real in the essay, this sentence invites us to experience the bernqrd completely confounded, which is the very way its author experiences life.

Bernard Cooper and the Essayistic Sentence

Unspoken rules and expectations of society present an immediate challenge to the child, who is only slowly learning the difficult truths about his own character. He is passive, almost a victim of it. They are of the same structure: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere. But if it lost the awkwardness and clunkiness of its composition, it would also lose the essence of its identity. It is about the sheer and ever-increasing volume and impossible intricacies of its corridors.


And what do we make of it?

I wonder what people are really thinking when you pass them on the street. Archives for posts with tag: It illustrates the possibility that Cooper has made into labyrinthins stories that are not his. What are we supposed to believe?

I was resolute in this decision without fully understanding why, or what it was I hoped to avoid; I was only aware of the need to hide and a vague notion, fading fast, that my trouble had something to do with sex.

He spends the majority of it recounting particular scenes: There is an entire world kept hidden from me in each and every soul.

It is about the inability to actively navigate its labyrinth once aware that the labyrinth exists. Why are they in such a hurry to get there? That is precisely what is happening in this phrase—life is happening to Cooper.

They are well-adjusted phrases. At its root is an equative: I can only imagine, bfrnard try to infer the answers from my momentary observation. Closing the kitchen door behind me, I vowed never to leave home again. In wedge-like fashion, they are outside sources lodged into the greater whole. The sentence implores us to consider the possibility that the narrator is unreliable.

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