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fattal | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 19, 2010 at 11:35 AM via web

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Explain what the following quotation tells us about the character of Helmholtz Watson.

 

Explain what the quotations given below show us about each character. Then, in the spaces labeled �Additional Quotation, �find a second passage in the novel that supports the same conclusion about the character. Indicate the second passage by the page numbers and first sentence.

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  1. It’s not enough for the phrases to be good: what you make with them ought to be good too .They aren’t important enough, somehow. I feel I could do something much more important. Yes, and more intense, more violent. But what? (Pp.46-47)

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 19, 2010 at 11:38 AM (Answer #1)

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What Helmholtz Watson is saying here is that he is no longer satisfied with the work he has been doing as an emotional engineer.  He has been writing these verses and such to make people feel happy and content.  But now he has come to realize that he wants to do more with his poetry.  He wants to make people have real feelings.

This shows us that Helmholtz is starting to become more of a real person than most of the people in the society.  He wants to have real emotions and help other people experience those things as well.

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