Lonely Island (An Analysis Of John Donne’s Mediation 17)

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When it is stated, “No man is an island,” in John Donne’s Mediation seventeen, what meanings does this statement possess? Or in other words, what kind of event or happening needed to take place in order for this to be said? Coming from a literal stand point, a man can not physically be an island, which is basically what John Donne has stated, however, if we peal back this literal meaning we can figure out so much more than what is stated. The statement, “No man is an island,” can be summarized into a figurative meaning, along with the technology of today helps this meaning, and the bonds of interactions that accompanies the statement given by John Donne.
To begin with, the summarization of the lines, “No man is an island” can be broken down into one figurative meaning. That meaning is basically saying that no man is who he is by being self made. Men are made from the teaching of others. Somewhere down the road, someone taught the art of self transportation, or walking, and as I type this essay in the English language someone has taught us that. If a man was an “island” he would be a very poor man, unable to walk, talk, or have any sustainable thought. By ways of communication and interaction, men are made who they are, by others. And with this, as stated “everyman is a piece of the continent,” (Donne, Mediation 17, page 489) Together we all form into one mega society where there is no individual on his own for himself, but others pitch in and give a helping hand.
To add on to, with the advent of technology, the interaction of man by man to form the main, “continent” is being interrupted by this technology. From the beginning of time, information and news have spread quicker and quicker. In today’s society that information distribution is quicker than ever, but is breaking away at the “continent”? Could the question be asked that we are all a bunch on islands connected by “bridges”? “A clod be...

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