Analysis Of Good Bones By Maggie Smith

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Going through life, we are told again and again and again that one person can make a real and impactful difference. Just one act can spark a change in the world more than you would ever possibly know. We are told that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what your experience is in this world. One action, large or small, has the ability to snowball into something truly amazing. All of that is great and all, and that is how some people truly view the world that we live in. However, there are some people who have a much different point of view. These people would argue that the world that we live in is a terrible and threatening place; it’s not difficult to see their point on that topic. This world has too many terrorist…show more content…
Her children will be able to make the change that the world needs. The narrator even admits that she herself had indulged in the evil side of the world. She has shortened her life “in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways.” (Smith 106). She is explaining to us that people are constantly given the opportunity to not discipline themselves and that it’s easy to let the world fall apart around you. She says, “for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you,” (Smith 106). She knows all this information about the dangers of the world, but she keeps that from her children. Why? Because she doesn’t want her children to be ruined by the evils of the world. She wants them to be moral people and grow up to be someone who is making a positive change. No parent should want their child to grow up in a world that they believe is hell on earth. She doesn’t want her children to allow the world around them fall apart, she wants them to be the person who is going to make the world a better place to be. She wants her children to choose to make the right choice and make a positive change in the world. This idea that the world is at least half bad sets up the other choice that everyone has to make. As the poem closes, the main argument is presented to the reader. The narrator finally emphasizes the choice that people must make. The narrator gives an example of a real-estate agent walking someone through a terrible house. The narrator says that even though

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