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A Balance Between Reality And Imagination Ursula LeGuin wrote Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons because she wanted to send out a message She wants people to use their imaginations without going too far in a world of fantasy LeGuin also feels that humans should be taking a mature humane trusting approach to the truth Of all the short stories read in the ENG OAO class LeGuin would appreciate By the waters of Babylon the most LeGuin would really like the message that Willa Cather has portrayed in Pauls Case This story shows the reader that there is a certain level of imagination which one must not exceed LeGuin calls this the discipline of the imagination 327 Cather sends us this message by having Paul jump in front of a train to commit suicide at the end of the story All of his problems were building up and he tried to avoid them but they all came back to him and he was overwhelmed LeGuin would like Pauls character at the beginning of the story because he allowed his mind to engage in free play such as when he sat down before a blue Rico and lost himself 144 Later on in the story he got carried away with his imagination and he repressed reality This is what LeGuin would not like about Paul LeGuin would not like anything about the story Arrangement in black and white by Dorothy Parker The woman in this story is racist towards coloured people and she acts as if she is doing nothing wrong She actually thinks she is doing some incredibly nice when she calls a black person Mister Oh wait till I tell Burton I called him Mister 270 she tells the host The thing that LeGuin would not like about this story is that the woman is being inhumane by not considering coloured people equal Unlike some of the other
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