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The Limitations of Society

The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"If the talent of ridicule were employed to laugh men out of vice and folly, it might be of
some use to the world;  but instead of this, we find that it is generally made use of to
laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything that is solemn and
serious, decent and praiseworthy in life."  Joseph Addison  1711

Arendt, Hannah.  On Violence.  San Diego, CA:  Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, 1970.
Bellow, Saul.  "Graven Images."  The Best American Essays    1998. Ed.Robert Atwan.  New York, NY:  Houghton Mifflin  Company, 1998.  Pages 33-38.
Conrad, Joseph.  "An Outpost of Progress." Short Story Masterpieces. Ed.
 Robert Warren  and Albert Erskine.  New York,                         NY:  Dell Publishing, 1980.  Pages 89-119.
Crane, Stephen.  "The Bridge Comes to Yellow Sky." ShortStory Masterpieces. Ed. Robert Warren  and  Albert Erskine.  New York, NY:  Dell Publishing, 1980.  Pages 119-136.
Downs, Hugh.  "Mona Lisa and Leonardo DaVinci."    Perspectives. Atlanta,  GA: Turner Publishing, 1995.  Pages 121-125.
_ _ _   "Smell."  Perspectives.  Atlanta, GA: Turner  Publishing,  1995. Pages  129-133.
_ _ _   "Tipping."  Perspectives.  Atlanta, GA: Turner   Publishing, 1995.   Pages 181-188.
Ellison, Ralph.  The Invisible Man.
Fitzgerald.  F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
Golding, William.  Lord of the Flies.
James, Henry.
Jonson, Ben.
King, Martin Luther.  "Why We Can't Wait."
McPhearson, James M.  Marching Towards Freedom.
Nabokov, Vladimir.
Thomas, Lewis.  "On the Need for Asylums."  Late Night  Thoughts.  Ed. Thomas Lear.  Canada:  The Viking  Press, 1983.
Thoreau, Henry David.  Walden and Civil Disobedience.  New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
_ _ _    "Queen Victoria's Jubilee." The Complete Essays of Mark
Twain.  Ed.  Charles Neider.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1963.  Pages 685-689.
E. B. White.  "A Member of a Party of One."  Letter. The New York Herald.
29 November 1947.
Wharton, Edith.  The Age of Innocence.
Wright, Richard.