"No Man is an Island Unto Himself"
Discusses how these words from John Donne's poem influence ideals of brotherhood in our modern culture, using the Iraq war as an example.
# 54801 | 1,235 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Jan 05, 2005 in English (Argument) , Literature (English) , International Relations (General) , International Relations (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars)
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John Donne's famous line from 'Meditations XVII', "No man is an island unto himself", reflects ideas about the brotherhood of humankind that have echoed throughout time. Originally, the lines reflected ideas popular in the Renaissance about the interconnectedness of human experience. As time elapsed, this definition of brotherhood grew increasingly broader and began to cross boundaries of nationhood, sex, color and race. This paper argues that one of the justifications used by the Bush administration for invading Iraq is especially telling about how far the modern notion of brotherhood has extended. In saying that the U.S. invaded Iraq in order to help the Iraqi people, George Bush was effectively showing that the modern notion of brotherhood, seen in Donne's poem, extended beyond borders. The paper concludes that Donne's words reflect the ideal of brotherhood that has been seen in many situations and plays an increasingly important role in our modern lives.
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