The Naming Of Cats By Ts Eliot Analysis Essay

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This chapter is entitled the Naming of Cats. It is proposed that cats have three names, each signifying something different. Their first name is the name that humans give them and is usually quite common. This name is something simple and easy to remember, such as James or Peter. However, even fancier names such as Plato and Demeter may be given to a cat. Simple or ornate, such a name is still only the first name of a cat. The second name is a nickname of sorts, and no other cat may share it. These names are quite different from everyday names and are quite dignified. Otherwise, a cat would not be able to display such pride and, at times, arrogance. The third name is a name that no human will ever discover. This is a name that only a cat knows and...

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The Naming of Cats

The Naming of Cats by Thomas Stearns Eliot
Sherice Wilson
English IV, Period 2
Ms. Woods
Thornton Township High School
December 10, 2012


The first name is the way other people portray you or see you. The name is simply a general view someone who knows you as an acquaintance would have of you, a few vague ideas about you. The second name is how peopling closer to you like friends and family, see you, lots of details about you. The second is the identity you show other people/ choose for yourself. The third name is your own view of yourself and is only known by you because only you know your every thought, feeling, and memory. You could tell others some of these, but still would leave out some of it and not be able to completely explain other bits. Thus no one views you as you see yourself. The Third is your true self who only you really know. T.S Eliot uses objective correlative in The Naming of Cats. Eliot defines the objective correlative as: "A set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion."

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology, published by Faber and Faber. The poems were written during the 1930s and included by Eliot, under his assumed name "Old Possum," in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939 with cover illustrations by the author, and re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley. It has also been published in reillustrated versions by Edward Gorey (1982) and Axel Scheffler (2009). This book became the source of inspiration for the musical cats due to its light hearted nature and it has also been adapted into other works from various authors who, like Thomas Stearns Eliot, enjoy oddly told stories of felines. In this popular book contains the item of literary I chose to analysis. In his poem The Naming of Cats T.S Eliot...

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