Discovery Essay

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Discovery Essay

Discovery inhibits the ability to embrace new beginnings and accept a sense of change whether it is found or forced upon an individual. The places you travel and the people you meet can emotionally revolutionize a self-discovery through unexpected but anticipated terms evoked from curiosity. ‘Swallow The Air’ written by Tara June Winch and ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’ written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie break the inhibitions of vulnerability, as their ideas represented through cultural contexts and values, lead to an overall self-discovery. Tara June Winch’s ‘Swallow The Air’, explores the idea of vulnerability as a barrier to self-discovery. The protagonist, May Gibson, of mixed descent, lives in a dysfunctional and
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‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discovers the inclined realization from the perspective of Nigerian woman Akunna is developed through her cultural hybridist. Similarly to the isolation felt by May, Akunna the protagonist, also begins to feel secluded due to her heritage as she unpredictably discovers how she is viewed in relation to those around her. The dialogue, “Many people at the restaurant asked where you had come from in Jamaica, because they thought that every black person with a foreign accent was Jamaican. Or someone who guessed that you were African told you that they loved elephants and wanted to go on a safari”, portrayed in a patronizing tone of the American expression and cliché reveals the social and cultural assumptions that limit the protagonists’ experience of discovery and self-acceptance. The meeting of Juan, a white man, startles her prior assumptions as he treats her as an individual rather than a symbol from a foreign land. Inexpertly, Akunna begins to discover the truth of her identity beyond ‘the white men and women who muttered and glared’. “That thing that wrapped itself around your neck, that nearly choked you before you fell asleep, started to loose, to let go”, the motif of the things around your neck identifies the psychological impacts that
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