Essay on The Flaws of the Creature: a Critique on Walker Percy

1711 Words Oct 1st, 2005 7 Pages
In his essay, "The Loss of the Creature," Walker Percy claims that there are two types of "students:" "privileged" and "unprivileged knowers." However, Percy labels his readers by what he feels is appropriate. According to David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky in the introduction to Ways of Reading, it is up to us, the readers, to determine what Percy might mean when he uses key terms and phrases in his essay. Bartholomae and Petrosky believe that "The meaning is forged from reading the essay, to be sure, but it is determined by your account of what Percy might mean when he talks about ‘symbolic packages' or a ‘loss of sovereignty' (8)." Yet Percy only believes in his ideas because of his elitist point of view and feels as though he …show more content…
If President Bush were the first person to look at the abyss of sorrow and lament left in the Earth after the 9/11 attacks, it cannot possibly mean that he received the full value P and it certainly does not mean that the families and the friends of the victims received a lesser value of the same experience. Percy's idea of measuring an experience this way is absurd and invalid because he cannot possibly tell one of these "knowers" that his or her experience was less "sovereign" than the next one's. In my own experiences, I have been an "unprivileged knower," but also a "privileged" knower. After my sophomore year of high school, in which I won an award for excellence in Spanish and tutored several peers in the same subject, I went on a weeklong trip to Argentina with my mother. I usually practice speaking Spanish with my mother, who is fluent after living in Buenos Aires for five years. Prior to landing in the beautiful South American country, I felt as if I were an "expert" as Percy would say. However, I soon realized that I did not know as much as I previously though I did. I could not conjugate correctly, I could not remember vocabulary, and I could not even ask simple questions. This "inexpertness" struck me like a bolt of lightning. Unfortunately, this new feeling of being the "unprivileged knower" did not light the bulb in my brain and I came to the harsh realization that I was not the expert that

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