A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane

Summary: A Man Said To The Universe is a poem showing how people wish to be remembered but how their life is very small compared to the entirety of the universe.

Section One:

  • A Man yells to the universe that he exists
  • The universe replies that even though he exist it doesn't mean there is a sense of obligation in it

Other Notes:

  • By exclaiming he exists the man is showing that the nature of human life is to want to be acknowledged and remembered
  • The statement "I exist" may also be of a plea nature to something that is bigger than oneself
  • The universe's answer is showing that the human condition is one of simplicity to the universe; The one person may exist but he is so small the universe does not have the requirement to take notice of that one life

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