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Meaning of “No Man is an Island”

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Meditation 17, John Donne

The speaker’s primary purpose in claiming “no man is an island,” in line 14, is to communicate

A

that Europe would suffer great loss if part of the main land was lost.

B

that people should feel gratitude for the traditions they inherit.

C

that all people share the same origins.

D

that it is not right any person should suffer from loneliness.

E

that individuals should feel a shared responsibility for all humanity.