Analysis: Go Where You Want To End Up

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Go Where You Want to End Up I have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of genres and tones between all of the texts we’ve read this semester. Even though there was a plethora of topics covered, there are plenty that may interconnect. I think there could be many common themes within all of the amazing pieces we read. One particular theme that stood out to me was the many characters went on this journey of finding themselves. “Coming-of-age” is a title that could be applied to many of the selections; more specifically, Under a Night Sky, “Wear Areas,” “Fear Itself,” and “Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?” Paul Hedeen does a beautiful job of illustrating how even though we typically associate night with loneliness or isolation, our lives during the day could be the cause of our isolation. In just 35 poems, Hedeen…show more content…
Because there is no dialogue or paragraphs of explanation, it’s harder to see the coming-of-age. If you read each individual story as not a single snapshot of a person’s life, you can see how they came to love or hate each of the pointed out areas on their bodies. Ana Buncic’s story was a little more explicit in how she has changed. “Man 2 wished I wore a deep neckline so he could show my breasts off. Man 1 and Man 3 liked my breasts because they were “big.” (He doesn’t need me to exhibit them; he told me that they are pretty.)” She had such awful experiences with men in her past, and has attained the man she finally deserves. “Fear Itself” is about the short maturing of a teenage girl. The main character, Kara, grows over the course of a very strange relationship with a wax figure. She goes from saying, “It’s just a gift, it’s just how he shows he cares,” to saying, “What kind of gift is a finger, you freak?” Kara thinks she’s in love with FDR and allows him to treat her like she isn’t worth a lot but shows the coming-of-age theme by melting him (literally) and proving she’s better off on her
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