Changing Views on Humanities in The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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“Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.” Because teaching is one of the best ways to learn, Honors College takes learning to the next level. Self-directed learning is essentially being able to teach yourself. Teaching yourself means being willing to go above and beyond to learn thoroughly, sometimes by using outside sources. The book The Art of Racing in the Rain, authored by Garth Stein, altered my view on the humanities. This work documented the human experience in a light that I would not have seen it had I only read the books assigned to me in class. The themes in this book and how they were portrayed helped me to be able learn …show more content…

The crows with do whatever they can to get ahead; even when that means taking the chance to eat what is in a dropped grocery bag, even when it turns out to be garbage. Another demon that he battles is one within himself. Zoe has a toy zebra that taunts Enzo when he is left home, and starving. The zebra represents an internal force of destruction. The zebra shows himself later in the book, but Enzo is unbothered by it because he has overcome his internal force of destruction. Denny, on the other hand, uses a zebra print pen, showing that he is still working through his self-destruction, through his lawsuit and charges. Rebirth and death is the last theme that showed me new views on the humanities, because it tells that you only need the second chance if you leave business undone. Eve dies in the book but there is not a rebirth talked about for her because she leaves with no unfinished business. Enzo’s rebirth allows him to have the freedom he didn’t have as a dog, and Enzo imagines Denny’s rebirth to be a famous driver. This gives the alternate view that death can be looked forward to rather than feared. “If I had a steering wheel to hold onto, everything would be all right.” This quote comes from Denny, and I can apply it to my honors college experience. When I view this quote, I see that as long as you have your rock, or remember where

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