Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

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Understanding “Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by Stephen Crane
Garrett-Petts uses the term common places to describe the Greek methodology in studying literature stemming from the Greek work topoi which means places. Aristotle identified 28 topoi but Garrett-Petts groups these 28 topoi into 6 groups which they call “common places.” Studying literature for its message, meaning, use of message, and relationship to one’s experience is difficult to convey as trying to analyze a blood sample for disease without any laboratory equipment. One is usually unable to construct arguments about literary interpretations and literary interpretations beyond basic plot without having knowledge of specific mode of thinking. These common places are vehicles where one can channel their thoughts to fully analyze a work of literature. The Common places which I chose to focus on was the Contemptus Mundi and Complexity. Contemptus mundi translated from latin literally means contempt of the world. This is a very interesting common place to have in the first place because it stresses the idea that “the modern world is a place of decay, alienation, and anxiety.” (Garrett-Petts, 70) It seems that many believe that the day they live in is worse off then the day they lived in yesterday. Writers produce literature to make a statement, most often it is about how something in our day is so wrong. In a sense this writers who write with the idea of Contemptus mundi they set themselves up for the paradox of hedonism. How if one constantly strives to make themselves happy, they will fall short. The Complexity topoi is a very broad commonplace as the whole point of Commonplace in itself is to provide a rhetorician’s mindset of carrying out analysis of literature. Garrett-Petts specifically mentions how this commonplace is used for the identification of the story’s theme “Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” by…...

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