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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Bernard Cooper and the Essayistic Sentence

But if switched out of the passive structure, this phrase puts the focus on Cooper. Logically, then, this seemingly maladjusted phrase must be of passive structure.

He is soft and allows himself to be imposed upon. They are of such simple disposition and sweet demeanor.

Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere. Unspoken rules and expectations of society present an benrard challenge to the child, who is only slowly learning the difficult truths about his own character. He spends the majority of it recounting particular scenes: The third phrase in the list is related to these two as well, but in more of a cousinly way.

God help Bernard Cooper if this is how he felt at I wonder what people are really thinking when you pass them coiper the street.


Coo;er 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Most hindering, though, is his perception of the outside world as a threat to his own way of life.

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And what do we make of it? 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.

Lets work our way through it, starting with that first, longer, assertive section—the one before the semicolon. The word carries connotations of force and imposition, suggesting another way in which the writer is a victim of external powers.

They are well-adjusted phrases. It could seem that Cooper is undermining his authorial integrity by suggesting that we cannot trust him. Archives for coooper with tag: The sentence implores us to consider the possibility that the narrator is unreliable. A quick survey reveals the sentence to have two main sections, separated from each other by a semicolon.

Bernard Cooper and the Labbyrinthine Sentence 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. But perhaps he was designed that way for a reason.


It is about the inability to actively navigate its labyrinth once aware that the labyrinth exists. So sure, the phrase could be adjusted to fit in. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

And, just one generation back, all three share the same ancestor: What are we supposed to believe? Closing the kitchen door behind me, I vowed never to leave labyrintnine again.

He is passive, almost a victim of it. By suggesting that maybe we cannot trust him, Cooper is actually being incredibly fair to his reader.

It could be counseled to better adhere to the straight-laced, tidy structure of its cousins. Where are they going? At its root is an equative: It is about the sheer and ever-increasing volume and bernarr intricacies of its corridors. They are of the same structure: The author as a young boy must acknowledge and learn to deal with his newly developing feelings and urges, a task that challenges his naive outlook.