Originally Answered: Can we salvage this forum?
I can appreciate your remarks. I do so appreciate literary questions of substance and thought. I, like you, am finding inane questions about Twilight or Harry Potter insubstantial. But I did so enjoy a couple of questions about Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown, and "The Custom House" prologue to The Scalet Letter.
Here is an excerpt I researched briefly and pasted into an answer.
Goodman Brown: 1. “The young man has the vulnerability of youth and, having newly yielded to the persuasions of the Devil, he has been led step by step to mistrust all he had believed in” (Abel 131). 2. “Since Brown never masters the lessons Goody Cloyse tried to teach him, he cannot fit spiritually, emotionally, or psychologically into his own society” (Franklin 82). Return to Text.
that fearful dream: Levy writes that through this metaphor “the many hints of Brown’s unconscious fascination with evil are communicated, but Hawthorne recognizes that our waking life and the life of dreams are bound up together--that life is like a dream in its revelation of terrifying truths. His point is that the truth conveyed in the dream--that faith may betray us--is also a truth of waking experience” (116). Return to Text. itech.fgcu.edu (American Lit Research Analysis site)
I sense that many of the people are young, without literary backgrounds, and inexperienced.
They seem to want us to do their work for them--tell them their fledgling titles, do their literary criticism, answer their homework questions, and critique their dashed-off creative streams of consciousness.
I wonder if it occurs to them to even Google or use the Research box for Yahoo Search and Wikipedia to do minimal search for their questions. Obviously not.
But I have three degrees in literature, American and English. I am a published author with a number of books and educational texts, and I am retired.
I joined this forum to see what would come up. I answer what I can, seriously and thoughtfully, as I am doing now, and the rest, I overlook.
You have no control. You assume that there is a considered critical mass of masterful thinkers or at very least, considerate readers and writers who will be there each day, ready to jump in with the substantive answer. Maybe, maybe not.
I asked the question "How many folks on this site are over 45?"
I got three yes answers and the rest people 15 and up to 28. So, with those ages as indicators, I couldn't encourage a big hope for the educated and degreed intelligensia to emerge.
I am glad to meet you, however, and if we should connect again on a question, I'd be honored to share an answer page with you. SDiane Adamz-Bogus