Essay on Analysis of “Why I Make Sam Go to Church”

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Analysis of “Why I Make Sam Go to Church” Chances are if you grew up in the south, then you most likely have been to a church service before. I remember as a kid getting the wakeup call every Sunday morning from my mom, “Get up and get dressed for church!” Even if I did not feel like going, she would drag me out of bed and make me go. Anne Lamott writes about the same thing in her essay “Why I Make Sam Go to Church.” Lamott wrote “Why I Make Sam Go to Church” in 1999 as part of a collection of autobiographical essays in a book called Traveling Mercies. My main reaction to this work was a positive one. I thought the essay was eye opening in a sense and it shows that everyone needs guidance and help from others sometimes. In Lamott’s…show more content…
Mary Williams was another reason not only because of the money but also because she loved to see Sam and would give him a big hug and smell him behind his ears every time she saw him. Lamott also talks about a sense of stability and belonging to the church. She says “The church became my home in the old meaning of home—that it’s where, when you show up, they have to let you in.” (Lamott 100) I believe she just wanted to be a part of something greater than herself, part of the bigger picture. Lamott just wanted her son to be around all of this positive influence. She references this positivity on page 100 “They [the congregation] follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful.” (Lamott 100) The organization of the passage is not necessarily in a chronological order but is still presented in an orderly manner. It is organized in order to keep the reader captivated and still be interesting within the body of the essay. Lamott most probably wrote this passage with intention for either her son to see, to influence other parents to get their children in church, or even for religious skeptics. The style of this composition evokes a sort of spiritual feeling but is modern at the same time. Since the essay is written in first person, we get to see a small portion of Lamott’s outlook on life. The key points she talks about are from her own understanding. Maybe the plot is going from
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