SIMPLE LIVING AND HIGH THINKING
Great men of the world have preached that simple living high thinking should be the golden principle of life. Most of the men in the annals of history have practiced this principle and achieved greatness. All the saints like Mahatma Gandhi, Guru Nanak and Buddha who attained spiritual greatness and shook the world by their intellectual thinking are example of this principle.
From time immemorial, thinkers from every corners of the world have emphasized the importance of simple living and high thinking the advice is based on the fact that human wants are limitless. If psychologically encourage, these wants will multiply ad keep multiplying. They make the man a selfish salve from high thinking and bring him down to the narrow cycle of worldly pursuits. They affect adversely his devotion and concentration to higher ideals of life which mostly include service to fellow human beings.
In this atomic era, the harmony between the ideals of plain living and high thinking has come down. More thinkers feel that elaborate living is more conductive to the service of humanity than simple living. This thinking, however, is not endorsed in practical life. As is well-known, Mahatma Gandhi was always dressed in dhoti and still moved the entire world by his dynamic thinking. Similarly, Jawaharlal Nehru, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein and Bertrand Russell have proved that simple living is better way of achieving greatness.
There are other examples too, and a lot from human history, to prove the theory of simple living and high thinking. Kabir, VinobaBhave and Sant Longowal are the other examples of this mode of life. These personalities led unsophisticated lives, yet they became the idols of the people as philosopher, poets and leaders. They could lead the people to great deeds and achievements not only in the spiritual fields but in worldly affairs, too.
Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]
Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.
You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.
You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.
Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).