Analysis Of Beyond Katrin A Meditation On The Mississippi Gulf Coast

1909 Words Nov 11th, 2014 8 Pages
Surafel Argaw
Ms. Mac
English 1102
November 11, 2014
Finding Hope in Natasha Trethewey’s
Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Stories are powerful. In the past, long before books, people used stories to pass down history and legends to create a deeper understanding of their heritage. It was also a way to pass down morals and values from generation to generation. More than just a way of preserving the past, storytelling is a great way to bridge the gap between a reader’s heart and that of the writer. Everyone has a story to tell no matter what kind it may be. Although there is an art to storytelling, at its very foundation, the practice is merely a means of communicating one’s experiences. Perhaps out of a lack of understanding for what storytelling is, many people wrongly feel that they do not have stories to tell and therefore can’t be storytellers. Stories can impact the lives of receptive readers in many ways. None are more impactful than stories on the idea of home. Poet Natasha Trethewey’s Beyond Katrina: Gulf of Mississippi is a prime example of this type of effective storytelling. Her work demonstrates the importance of sharing one’s story and how the act of doing so can impact the audience. Using Beyond Katrina as a platform, the challenges the people of the Gulf of Mississippi faced following Hurricane Katrina, can now be heard.
Without a doubt, telling a personal story is one of the most difficult challenges for a writer. Trethewey faces…
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