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What tools or inventions does Robert Fulghum, in All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, put in the same category as an abacus?
 
 

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Posted August 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM (Answer #1)

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Robert Fulghum's "Thoughts on an Abacus" appears in his collection of essays entitled All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In this essay, Fulghum defines the abacus though comparing it to different things.

First, Fulghum states that the abacus is simply a "centipede-like thing" used for decorating one's walls. Second, regarding function, he states that the abacus is a collective of an "adding machine, calculator, and computer."

He goes on to state that the abacus is not only a functional tool. In fact, Fulghum finds the abacus beautiful. He also believes that the more the abacus is handled the more beautiful it becomes. Fulghum leaves readers with a final perplexing thought: is the abacus "made lovely by its usefulness" or "made useful by its beauty."

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