Voices of Our Education

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D.H. Lawrence's idea of "voices of our education" has a broader meaning than one might think. It comes from society, from the outside world. These voices are only helpful if one listens, and through texts such as "Snake" "Brave New World" and "Rime of The Ancient Mariner" these voices will be thoroughly studied to reveal how they shape our decision making.

In the poem "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence, a boy kills a snake just moments after he admires it. By doing so, he shows that these voices influenced him to commit such an act, which he later regrets. At the beginning of the poem the boy now a man goes out to get his water, while moments before he arrived at the water a beautiful snake was there drinking its fill. The boy wrestled with his "voices of his education" knowing that he would be able to prove his manhood by killing the creature.

So with these "voices" in his head he mad the decision to kill the snake and he "picked up a clumsy log and threw it at the water-trough with a clatter" As the boy killed the snake he felt an immediate grief come over him. Even years later the boy in the story now a man still regrets that days decisions.

In another piece of literature such as "Brave New World" written by Aldous Huxley the stories characters deal with similar dilemmas. In this story the characters are brainwashed into thinking that they all rely on each other "Everyone works for everyone else, we can't do without anyone" these teachings constantly told to the characters are a form of "voices of our education" However in this book there are outsiders to this conditioned world, known as savages these people are...