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Carlyle: Work

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Shin, Eunice Period 06 01/08/02 Carlyle: Work Carlyle uses repetition, morals, and Biblical allusions to point his arguments towards philosophers, stressing the salutary benefits of work, and his very positive attitude of fending of idleness with the "weapon;" he denounces the rubble of human nature, praising work and conformity through his use of imagery. Innate man is portrayed as the chaotic jungles of the world, dangerously crouching toward the desert insanity. Though in our present day, man is given his individualism, Carlyle describes it as a curse. ...read more.


The idea of materialistic and fortuitous gain is made implausible as the rupture caused in one's life is made over by absurd consequences. These are the means of redemption as well as conformity. The world as one has created a necessity to reach and ultimately obtain true satisfaction; Carlyle makes this clearly obvious that no one can be oblivious to this global aspiration. "Work" itself is elevated to the level of divinity, as it is called "sacred" and the only means to true "happiness." ...read more.


"Blessed is he" who holds a "life purpose" and becomes noble towards the standards of society; for only then can man become pure and stable. Through work, individualism is thus destroyed and ignoble the tyrant. For only them will knowledge be "held good" and finally contain the harvest of darkness will bring more satisfaction than the heaps of wisdom, for the life will only be filled with despair. Through and abundant array of biblical allusions and the descriptive imagery to portray the spoils of individualism and the consequences of ignorance, Carlyle praises conformity and those whose life purpose is to benefit the wholeness of society. ...read more.

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