Different Then Darwin

English L105 Essay

“What would I do in my autobiography that is different from what Darwin did?”

First let me just start out by saying that Charles Darwin is undoubtedly one of the most influential men in history. He is well known for his books The Descent of Man and Origin of Species, both having a great effect on the modern way of thinking. When Darwin wrote his autobiography he failed to thoroughly mention his experiences that lead him to write his influential books. He briefly mentioned his experiences on the Beagle, a voyage that ultimately changed not only his life, but many others as well. He spent a great deal of time in his autobiography writing about the experiences he had when writing some of his other inconsequential books. Darwin couldn’t determine what was relevant in his own life, thus he spent considerable time writing about topics that the reader might find vague and boring. Darwin was a part of some major changes, but the influence he had that caused those changes were repudiated in his narrative. In short, Darwin failed to write a decent autobiography.

If I happened to ignite a huge chaotic whirlwind of conflict, like Darwin most certainly did, I would go through great efforts to explain my experiences in detail. I would explain how my ideas changed my life and how they affected others. I wouldn’t skip over important events just to then proceed to talk about a subject with no value and holds no interest to readers. When writing an autobiography it is of the utmost importance that you keep your reader in mind. This will help keep you on track so you don’t ever stray from what is actually relevant. Darwin has a great writing style, he is superb at holding his ideas together, he just failed to write about the good “ideas.”  I think the  only reason I  read his book was because he’s Charles Darwin and I wanted to know how he achieved all his success, but he never talked about it, so I only  kept reading hoping he will eventually cover the topic, but he never does. When I write my autobiography I will focus on significant information, and I would attempt to construct stories interesting and perhaps useful to my readers. Darwin never puts anything personal in his narrative, he does briefly mention that he got married and had children, but then he moves on after a few remarks. Obviously having a family would have an effect on ones life, but you never heard what Darwin experienced with his family. Darwin chose poorly what topics he was going to cover in his narrative. He had no idea what was important in the world or his life for that matter. If I want to successfully write a satisfactory autobiography, I will copy Darwin’s writing style, which is surprisingly good, but I will do the exact opposite of what he did to determine subject matter.

~KT

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