In this narrative Byers successfully uses several literary techniques to describe his past in Washington D. C. And his time at the Monuments, I believe that he does this in a good manner and I agree faith most to everything he states In the story Byers describes his time at each individual monument in D. C. And puts his taboo cents about each and every monument. First Off he talks about the behavior of everyone visiting the different monuments and how they act. Byers States, “Americans are not known for good behavior in public, but here we come subdued, reflective. (60) While reminiscing about the Lincoln Memorial.
During this excerpt about the Lincoln Memorial he emphasizes how Lincoln is sitting on a throne gazing over the mall. Byers’ continues on to the Jefferson Monument and writes about how it isn’t has popular as all of the other monuments. He continues to talk about the other monuments but never goes into great depth about them. And at the end Byers leaves the reader with this, ” Who can stand on the top step of the Lincoln Memorial and not think. I am a participant in a world civilization, have history entrusted to me, we are all in this together- and feel it, or a minute or two, as the simple, honest truth. (62) The main point of “Monuments to Our Better Nature” by Michael Byers in my eyes is to put the Mall in D. C, and all of the monuments in D. C. Into perspective of how much each and everyone of the monuments mean to America and the importance of them. Byers’ says, are only a penny, the monuments tell us, but you are dearly counted. ” (59) to me this tells us that each one of us are important but we all have to be together under one nation for all of us to make a difference. All of the monuments allow us to show our love towards our country and a place where we an unite and show this love together.
Personally think that overall Byers does a good job of getting his point across and puts good information on the table all through out the Story. The main reason I chose this story was I felt like would able to critique this story well since knew each and every monument he talked about in the Story _ When Byers says, “Not everyone goes to the Jefferson” (60) referring to the Jefferson Memorial would have to say have to disagree With this statement. When I visited the Jefferson it was just as busy if not busier as the Lincoln, Washington or the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Think by saying this Byers is trying to down grade the Jefferson Memorial and almost trying to convince people that it is not as important as all of the other memorials. Which is false. Every memorial nationwide not just in DC. Has equal importance to the United States and the people of the United States and each. One thing I agree 100 percent with Byers is When he says “Americans are not known for good behavior in public, but here we become subdued, When I visited D. C. Was at a lost for words when visiting each and every monument.
Just standing there looking at something that huge and something that has had such a great impact on America just makes me thankful for living in such a great country like America. The one Memorial that visited that really stood out was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This monument truly took my breath away to just stand there and see relatives of people who passed away touch their relatives names and just cry was sad but to know that they died fighting for the country we live in made it so amazing.
Another thing would say Byers does a good job with is when he says, It is one of American’s most venerable and trafficked pedestrian public spaces, where you can fly a kite alone or stand among a hundred thousand and hear a speech being given halt a mile away by a barely discernible figure. ” (62) This sums up what the National Mall and all of the monuments really are. Personally believe that every person it given the chance needs to go to Washington D. C. And see the monuments. It will make being from America so much more bittersweet. Overall “Monuments to Our Better Nature” was a well-written story and had great detailed information in it.