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+ Assigned: ''Autobiography'' (1166-73).
+ __''Autobiography''__
+ 1. Why, according to Mill at the outset of our selection (Chapter 5), did his early enthusiasm for social reform suffer a profound shock? What led the young J. S. Mill into his near-suicidal depression?
+ 2. What, according to Mill, was wrong with the utilitarian education given him by his Benthamist father James Mill? What was wrong with the view of human nature underlying that education?
+ 3. What event led to a lessening of this depression (see 1169), and why did it have that effect? What, according to Mill, truly binds people together as a community?
+ 4. How does Mill, after recovering from his breakdown, redefine his concept of the individual? What is the source of human happiness, in Mill's view?
+ 5. How did the poetry of Wordsworth greatly assist Mill in his recovery? What is it that Wordsworth understands about human nature that Bentham and James Mill evidently did not understand?
+ Edition: Abrams, M. H. et al. ''The Norton Anthology of English Literature,'' Vols. 2A-C. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.


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